To pay respects to the iconic actors who came before them, last year's Ghostbusters reboot featured cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts. Sadly, with Harold Ramis, who played Egon Spangler, having passed away in 2014, he wasn't able to make an appearance, with director Paul Feig opting to include a marble bust in his likeness in the background of a shot. Recent comments from the original film's director about the possibility of resurrecting Ramis' likeness for an upcoming film caused his daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel, to share her thoughts on the matter.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Stiel explained, "It's bizarre. Personally, for me, it is hard to imagine that people would accept it, but who knows." She added, "The technology now is amazing. I try to think what would he have thought. If it's great and it works, then good. And if there is a problem, then obviously no."
She also took to Twitter to explain, "My dad's #1 contribution to GB was helping shape the story + characters w/his intelligence + humor & you can't CGI that!"
During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Reitman revealed some of the plans for the upcoming continuation of the beloved franchise.
Reitman explained, "I think we have wonderful plans, [including] an animated feature that we're deep in design on already… a really great story."
"That's going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we're dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We're looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would be something very interesting," he continued.
Reitman also clarified, "And of course a new live-action film."
The filmmaker implied he'd like to see the original cast interact with the new cast, detailing, "It was clear a lot of people weren't happy the original Ghostbusters world wasn't included in the new one." Reitman added. "I love seeing [writer Erik Burnham's take on] Kate McKinnon's character's interactions with Spengler [in the Ghostbusters 101 comic books]. It's very rich, and has given me lots of ideas for a new film."
Thanks to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and its resurrection of actor Peter Cushing to play Grand Moff Tarkin, technology has made anything possible. A fan asked Reitman about the idea of a CGI Harold Ramis, to which Reitman replied, "It's possible…It's something we're thinking of."
Despite Reitman's enthusiasm for the upcoming films, there's no announced plans of an upcoming live-action film.