With Jurassic World dominating the worldwide box office, another Terminator movie set to hit the big screen in the coming weeks, and the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away this December, reboots are definitely dominating 2015, and 2016 promises to continue said trend. While the aforementioned films all qualify as direct sequels (or prequels), director Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot will start entirely from scratch, employing new storylines, new characters, and new ghosts.
In fact, yesterday gave us our first taste of the all-new movie, providing key plot details regarding Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s characters. Feig himself also teased via Twitter that production would start this week – specifically, today. Sure enough, several photos from the set have already surfaced.
Reaffirming that production is indeed underway, Boston.com captured pictures of an old high school in Everett, MA, renamed the “Bronx Kuyper Middle School” for the film. Giant banners that read “Higgins Science Institute” hang above the school’s main entrance. Best of all, though, star Kristen Wiig was spotted on set alongside director Paul Feig.
The set photos certainly don’t reveal much, but they do preview how Wiig’s college professor-turned-poltergeist hunter will look alongside her fellow female leads McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
UPDATE: Additional Ghostbusters reboot production images have leaked online (see below):
While this may be a stretch, the school setting could tease the return of one Eleanor Twitty, a.k.a. the Library Ghost, a.k.a. the first supernatural being the original Ghostbusters ever encountered – or, at least, another ghost that pays homage to her. In fact, an additional set photo from the Boston Herald shows Wiig visiting the science institute, perhaps to investigate a strange, otherworldly disturbance.
The other curious detail from the set photos involves the two men fighting or brawling as Wiig passes by. There’s no telling why they’re acting that way, but it could have something to do with why Wiig’s character is at the school in the first place. Then again, it could also simply be a funny scene meant to illustrate the film’s humor.
As production continues in Boston over the next few months, fans can expect even more leaked set photos and videos teasing what’s to come for the rebooted Ghostbusters franchise. And if we’re lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the reimagined Ecto-1, because no team of goofy ghost hunters is complete without a uniquely equipped, equally goofy hybrid car.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.