Harold Ramis’ daughter comments on potential Ghostbusters film possibly including CGI Egon

Posted on 27 July 2017
By Khyle Deen
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Ivan Reitman had people talking over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, where the producer-director claimed that another live-action Ghostbusters may happen in the future.

Reitman commented while discussing projects in a panel relating to the beloved franchise, it included “wonderful plans for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story. … And of course a new live-action film. I am not giving any more secrets,” he stated.

Screen Rant reported that Ivan was asked during the panel if any thought had gone into possibly creating a CG version of any original cast members, this would include the late Harold Ramis for Egon, if the possible fourth movie would be a switch up from the 2016 female-led reboot, Reitman stated: “It’s possible. … It’s something we’re thinking of.”

This past Monday, Ramis’ daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel told Heat Vision that she was aware of Reitman’s recent words.

“It’s bizarre,” Ramis Stiel said of the possible digital re-creation of her late father. “Personally, for me, it is hard to imagine that people would accept it, but who knows. The technology now is amazing.”

Ramis passed away back in 2014, he was aged 60. In 2016, his daughter penned a touching essay on life growing up with her dad on movie sets such as Ghostbusters.

Digital re-creations of deceased actors for movies has been something of a controversial move. When the late Peter Cushing was re-created for Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, some fans were praising of the tech advancements and how eerily great the effect looked. However there were others that claimed it to be disrespectful. The Cushing estate gave it’s blessing for the feature.

The original stars of Ghostbusters have spoken for decades about a potential third movie to follow up 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters II. It has yet to materialise, but the 2016 reboot wasn’t as popular as desired. It’s unclear how serious talks of a third movie with the original cast truly are at this time.

Ramis Stiel said if — and it may be a huge if, who really knows — another Ghostbusters is made and her father is digitally added, it would be OK with her as long as the work is exceptional.

“I try to think what would he have thought,” she said. “If it’s great and it works, then good. And if there is a problem, then obviously no.”