Harold Ramis’s death will not put a halt to Ghostbusters III but the script will need reworking, it has been reported.
The actor, writer and director played Dr Egon Spengler in the first two Ghostbusters movies (1984 and 1989) and became a comedy legend for his work on Groundhog Day and Meatballs.
Director Ivan Reitman will meet Sony this week to discuss how best to progress with the film, according to industry insider The Hollywood Reporter.
The script, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who also penned The Office, will be edited to account for Ramis’s death but, as his involvement in Ghostbusters III was minor, it is unlikely to be heavily effected by the tragic news.
Harold Ramis: Career in pictures
Harold Ramis: Career in pictures
1/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Meet the Oscars'
Harold Ramis attends the 'Meet the Oscars' exhibit at The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago, 2010
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2/15 Harold Ramis in 80's
Harold Ramis in Chicago, 1985
3/15 Harold Ramis in Las Vegas
Harold Ramis during ShoWest in Las Vegas, 1995
4/15 Harold Ramis with his family
Harold Ramis and his wife Erica, sons, Julian (L) and Daniel, at the premiere of 'Bedazzled' at the Village Theater in Los Angeles, 2000
5/15 Harold Ramis receives award
American director Harold Ramis smiling and holding his award for Funniest Motion Picture for his film, 'Analyze This,' at the American Comedy Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, 2000
6/15 Harold Ramis smiles
Smiling director Harold Ramis, 2002
7/15 Harold Ramis at the Film Festival
Harold Ramis, director during 31st American Film Festival of Deauville - Tribute to Robert Towne and 'The Ice Harvest' Premiere at CID in Deauville, France, 2005
8/15 Harold Ramis at the match
Filmmaker and actor Harold Ramis throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago, 2006
9/15 Harold Ramis at the NBA game
Harold Ramis at the NBA All-Star Game, 2007
10/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Year One' premiere
Director Harold Ramis attends the premiere of 'Year One' at AMC Lincoln Square in New York, 2009
11/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Year One' premiere
Harold Ramis attends the 'Year One' premiere at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, 2009
12/15 Harold Ramis at the Avenue Magazine Party
Harold Ramis attends the Michigan Avenue Magazine Party at the Wit Hotel to celebrate the movie 'Year One' in Chicago, 2009
13/15 Harold Ramis during panel discussion
Harold Ramis attends a SCTV panel discussion in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Second City at 1616 N. Wells Avenue on December in Chicago, 2009
14/15 Harold Ramis starred in 'Ghostbusters'
Director and actor Harold Ramis was best known for his role in Ghostbusters
15/15 Harold Ramis at the game
Harold Ramis takes in a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, 2010
“There will be some repercussions,” the film website reports. “(Ramis) was always great to bounce something off of, and that will certainly be missed, but it won’t affect the script.”
Ramis, Murray and Aykroyd were set to feature in the third Ghostbusters instalment for a “baton-passing to a trio of newcomers” but that plan must now be reconsidered.
Shooting was not scheduled to begin in 2014 as the script had not been finalised and actor deals have yet to be signed.
Ernie Hudson, who played Winston Zeddemore in the original Ghostbusters told TMZ that Ramis was "the glue" of the franchise. "There wouldn't be a Ghostbusters without Harold Ramis. Harold pulled it together," he said.
"There can't be another Ghostbusters without Harold. There can be another 'Ghost-something'. That was always my fear, was that something would happen before we all got together."