Violet Ramis Stiel Discusses Using CGI Egon in Future Ghostbusters Films

Violet Ramis Stiel Discusses Using CGI Egon in Future Ghostbusters Films

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The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot failed to make any real impression on theatergoers. It also failed to light up the box office, so the prospects of a sequel seemed unlikely. However, that didn’t stop Ivan Reitman, director of the original Ghostbusters, from commenting on the future of the franchise during a panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Watch the video below for Reitman’s full comments.

For those of you just looking for the highlights, Reitman brings up the fact that he is currently working on an animated Ghostbusters movie. But the more interesting piece of information is that Reitman mentioned there are considerations for doing another live-action film. He doesn’t specify whether this would be a sequel to the 2016 film that starred Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. The new film could also be a follow-up to the original two Ghostbusters films, or something else entirely.

According to an article from Screen Rant, Reitman was asked during the panel if CGI could be used to recreate the appearance of the original actors from the 1980s, akin to what was done in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to recreate Grand Moff Tarkin. Considering original Ghostbuster Harold Ramis passed away in 2014, it is an interesting proposition. It is also something Reitman did not take out of consideration. He stated: “It’s possible… it’s something we’re thinking of.”

Recreating an actor who has passed away is a tricky road to navigate. And now, Ramis’ daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel, has offered her viewpoint on the issue. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Stiel shared her feelings.

It’s bizarre. Personally, for me, it is hard to imagine that people would accept it, but who knows. The technology now is amazing.”

Stiel also offered comments suggesting she’d be fine with a CGI Egon, provided it was exceptional.

“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.”

For now, perhaps we should just wait to see if another live-action Ghostbusters movie actually materializes. What do you think of using CGI to recreate actors who have passed away? Let us know in the comments.

Image: Columbia Pictures


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