Anticipation for writer/director Paul Feig’s impending reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise has many fans of the original films of the 1980s in a state of fevered anticipation and cautious excitement. Many viewers are undoubtedly curious as to how well Feig’s take on the classic comedy series will fare (as led by a cast of all-star comediennes), though by the looks of things the production is in good hands and should be something to watch out for when the movie hits theaters.
As the wait continues for the first actual footage from the Ghostbusters reboot to be released, the more well-versed Ghostbusters fan is also likely anticipating the video game based on the property currently in development. In the meantime, another subsidiary aspect of the franchise has now been unveiled online.
Posted by the LEGO toy company on their official Twitter account, the first look at the commercial models of the Ghostbusters reboot’s Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 vehicles have been released, via a series of individual photos. The new play set is due out this summer and will include block figurines for all four of the new Ghostbusters, in addition to Chris Hemsworth as their receptionist – and one supernatural character of unknown origin.
See the original tweet from LEGO below:
For some, the idea of switching out Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson for Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones is still well neigh sacrilegious, though Feig’s recent performance record as a director of funny women should serve to staunch whatever fears some viewers may bring into the Ghostbusters reboot. And based on the playful and spirited design of the new toy line from LEGO, the spirit of the original Ivan Reitman films appears to be bleeding into a whole new line of products – serving as further indication that Feig’s reboot will be in keeping with the basic character of the beloved franchise.
Until more news regarding the Ghostbusters reboot from distributor Columbia Pictures is released, any concerns regarding Feig’s production remain largely unfounded. That being said, any enthusiasm for the new film, as evidenced in the LEGO Ecto-1 and Ecto-2 play set, is also evident, making Ghostbusters up into one of the most hotly contested releases set for theatrical release this year.
Ghostbusters will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 15th, 2016.