This time it's financial difficulties at Sony Pictures holding up the long-promised sequel

The long-promised new Ghostbusters movie has apparently been delayed again.

Earlier this month (October 2012), it was reported that director Ivan Reitman was planning to shoot Ghostbusters 3 next summer after he completes a new Kevin Costner movie called Draft Day.

However, owing to reported financial difficulties at Sony Pictures, a decision on whether the sequel will actually go ahead will not be made until March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this means that Ghostbusters 3 could not begin shooting until autumn 2013 at the earliest.

Sadly, the new sequel has failed to attract Bill Murray, who starred alongside Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2. Both films were co-written by Aykroyd and Ramis and directed by Reitman.

The third film has been stuck in development for over a decade, reportedly because Aykroyd and Ramis failed to come up with a viable script. However, this July (2012) Aykroyd revealed that the project had been handed to a new writing team, and in August he predicted that Ghostbusters 3 would go into production “in the next year”.

Speaking at the time, Aykroyd also admitted that Murray would be unlikely to return. He explained: “It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”