As we enter the Golden Age of high profile sequels, inter-quels, prequels and reboots, the new Ghostbusters entry has been one of the most anticipated of the bunch. Director Paul Feig’s (The Heat, Spy) update began principle photography in June 2015, and in the time since, we’ve seen leaked set photos of stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and a look at the new ghost-catching proton pack, courtesy of Feig.
Now, as we gear up for San Diego Comic Con 2015 – and the onslaught of blockbuster news which inevitably accompanies the event – Feig has once again shared a new element of his Ghostbusters, alongside a look at one of the film’s main stars in costume.
Director Ivan Reitman’s 1984 original redefined what a blockbuster comedy could do, while almost single-handedly making the notion of a “sci-fi comedy” commercially and critically viable. The first Ghostbusters is iconic for plenty of reasons, and the paranormal investigators/eliminators’ mode of transport, a used 1959 Cadillac Professional named the Ecto-1, is a main one.
Paul Feig has released our first look at the new Ecto-1, via Twitter:
After a fan asked to see the back of the new car, Feig obliged. Take a look:
While the 1959 Cadillac Professional was used primarily as an ambulance, this new Ecto’s boxy, sharp-angled look closely resembles a 1983 or ’84 Cadillac Superior Hearse – which is fitting, since the original film came out in 1984. Note the Slimer-like hood ornament.
The original Ecto-1 was a retro blast from the past in 1980s, and this new version follows the tradition of having a 30-year-old car for these new ghost-catchers. Feig has spoken about his intention to keep his Ghostbusters somewhere between an homage and a reboot, and from what we’ve already seen of the new uniforms and proton pack, the new Ecto continues this trend.
The Ecto was a beloved aspect of the original films and went through a variety of bizarre upgrades in the cartoon spinoff series. Using an actual hearse this time around keeps to the spirit (ahem) of the franchise and – at least on the surface – keeps to Feig’s interest in delivering a genuinely scary entry. We have no real clue about the new Ghostbusters‘ plot, but there are any number of gags possible with the gang using a hearse as their vehicle. What if it was haunted to begin with? Was it used by a funeral home? Did one of our new Ghostbusters work there? And down the rabbit hole we go.
Like X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, Paul Feig has been sharing sneak peeks of his highly-anticipated entry in a venerable franchise in his own personal way. While Ghostbusters might have an uphill climb when it comes to winning over longtime fans, Feig seems to understand this. Expect more from the new Ghostbusters movie soon.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.