Concern mounts for Ghostbusters 3 as production postponed amid funding issues

Still from Ivan Reitman's original 1984 film Ghostbusters.

Filming of Ghostbusters 3 has been postponed until late 2013 due to financial issues at Sony Pictures.

The issues with funding have reportedly forced director Ivan Reitman to push back the production of the iconic horror spoof franchise’s third instalment until next autumn at the earliest.

Despite having original director Reitman on board and a script from Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen ready, the delay looks likely to see Ghostbusters 3’s release date pushed back until 2014.

There are also concerns the film may not be made at all, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Plans to make Ghostbusters 3 have been in the pipeline since 1996, although it is not known whether the film will be a reboot or a follow-up.

Reitman recently said: “Well, I’d like to go forward and make new things. I think ‘Ghostbusters’ probably should be remade, if we can get it all right. We’re working on it, so we’ll see.”

Bill Murray – who starred in the 1984 original alongside Sigourney Weaver and Harold Ramis – is unlikely to reprise his role in the movie, but Dan Aykroyd looks set to return to the film franchise as Dr. Raymond Stantz.

Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Charlie Sheen are tipped to replace Murray in the film as the character of Peter Venkman.

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