“(CNN) — Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director whose films include “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This,” has died. He was 69.
His death was caused by complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years, according to United Talent Agency, which represented Ramis for many years.”
I’ll never forget the first time seeing “Ghostbusters” as a kid in the 1980s. It would be a movie I’d go on to watch over and over throughout my life. I loved all four Ghostbusters characters equally. It’s like any famous group in life, when one member passes on it makes it all the more sad. We’ll never see the ghost fighting foursome together again. Harold Ramis played Egon Spengler brilliantly. Every scene in both Ghostbusters movies were amazing and hilarious. Egon discussing trying to drill a whole through his head, a Twinkie, doing couples therapy and making slime dance in a toaster were all classic moments. Egon was essentially what Spock was to “Star Trek“.
I recall seeing Harold in “Stripes” with Bill Murray and saying as a kid, “That’s Egon!”. Except he had giant hair and was teaching people how to speak English… before he decided to join the Army. He also directed another all-time classic “Groundhog Day”. It was unfortunate that some disagreement about the film between he and Bill Murray would strain the relationship between the two.
The disagreements would affect the production of “Ghostbusters III” through the 1990s and into the 21st Century. “Ghostbusters III” was rumored to be filmed or released in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2012 and most recently 2015. Multiple scripts have floated around Sony. The ultimate factor has always been Bill Murray not being interested, unless a top quality script was written. The most recent news last November was that the trio of Harold, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson were poised to return. They would be training new Ghostbusters Jonah Hill and Emma Stone in a passing of the torch movie. The reports fell through within a few weeks and any further news on those rumors stopped.
The status of “Ghostbusters III” is once again unknown. I feel any chance of a sequel is out the window and a remake with new actors portraying the original characters is the best direction. You just cannot have a Ghostbusters sequel without Harold Ramis playing Egon Spengler.
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