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Ghostbusters III remains on course for a release in cinemas despite the death of Harold Ramis on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The new film, which has been locked in development for a number of years, was due to feature a cameo from Ramis and the other original Ghostbusters. The actor-director, who played Egon Spengler in the original films, would have appeared in character alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd for the first time since 1989's Ghostbusters II.

"There will be some repercussions," a project insider told the US trade bible. "He was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed. But it won't affect the script."

The new film would have seen the old guard handing over to a new generation of Ghostbusters. Aykroyd has been the project's biggest cheerleader, but there had been regular suggestions from Murray that he was less than interested in returning to the iconic role of Dr Peter Venkman. The Hollywood Reporter's confirmation that studio Sony is still planning to feature the veteran comic is therefore something of a turnaround.

Ghostbusters III will be based on a screenplay by the US The Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Ivan Reitman. The latter oversaw both 1984's Ghostbusters, which was a huge critical and box office hit, and its less well-received sequel. Both films were written by Ramis and Aykroyd.

It is not the first time the series has been forced into rewrites by the untimely demise of a main player. Ghostbusters was itself retooled after the death of John Belushi, who had been expected to take a role.

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