Original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman is rumored to be getting forced out of his own franchise, in favor of a younger director. Too bad his contract won't let Columbia make a new Ghostbusters without his say-so.
Vulture first reported that there was trouble brewing in the Ghostbuster world, mainly because of an amazing contract Reitman signed in the 1980s giving him the power to put the kibosh on any plans for a new Ghostbusters film.
In fact, a source tells us that Reitman and all three original principals (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis … sorry, Ernie Hudson!) have a deal that says that if any of the four of them don't like any element of a new Ghostbusters, they can singlehandedly veto and kill the project; it has to be unanimously approved before going forward. (Considering that both Aykroyd and Ramis have been consulting on the story, Murray is likely the only unknown quantity on the actors' side.) However, the key difference is that Columbia would love for these actors to be on board to pass the torch and cross the streams. Not so with Reitman.
And apparently this contract is getting in the way of Columbia's plans to regenerate the franchise with new blood, both behind the camera and in front of it. The movie's plot is for the original Ghostbusters to set up a training camp of sorts for a group of younger recruits. According to Vulture's sources, Reitman still wants to direct, and Sony wants him out. But the studio isn't comfortable pulling the plug on such a bankable film. So it looks like both the studio and Reitman are at a standstill. Columbia still has its corporate fingers crossed Reitman's comedy project Friends With Benefits will keep him so busy, he won't have time to juggle both. But we highly doubt Reitman will step away from something this big.