In an exclusive new interview with Deadline, legendary Canadian director/producer Ivan Reitman finally breaks his silence on the long-awaited Ghostbusters sequel. Some highlights:

On the direction the film will take: “It’s a version of Ghostbusters that has the originals in a very minor role. I’m not going to say how many Ghostbusters there will be in the new cast, but we are determined to retain the spirit of the original film, and I am pleased that all of this seems to have happened organically.”;

On why — after Harold Ramis’ death — he changed his mind about directing the film: “When I came back from Harold’s funeral, it was really moving and it made me think about a lot of things. It was such an amazing time in my life 30 years ago, and I felt that way on the second film… With Harold no longer with us I couldn’t see it.”; (note: Ivan will continue on as producer.)

On those (apparently true) rumous Bill Murry refused to read the script: “It was a really good script, but then it became clear that Bill really didn’t want to do another Ghostbusters and that it was literally impossible to find him to speak to for the year or two we tried to get it going.”;

On that long-delayed shooting date: “I’m hoping we can get started by the fall, set in New York, but given the logistics and the stuff that happens, the beginning of 2015 seems more likely.”;