New set photos from Ghostbusters 2020 feature a rusty Ecto-1 as well as a reference to the infamous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Released in 1984, the original Ghostbusters followed the comedic exploits of a quartet of paranormal exterminators trying to save New York from a massive outbreak of supernatural activity. The unlikely success of that first Ghostbusters movie paved the way for a 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II, that performed well at the box office but fell short in the eyes of many fans.
A third Ghostbusters movie would afterward often be discussed as a possibility but remained only a pipe dream, until plans were made for a reboot film that took place in a different universe and gender swapped the main Ghostbusters team. Unfortunately, the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot only created massive backlash and ultimately failed at the box office, putting the future of the franchise very much in doubt. However, in early 2019 Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and an Oscar-nominated filmmaker in his own right, announced surprise plans for a new Ghostbusters movie set in the original universe and involving a new crew of teenage Ghostbusters. Filming on Ghostbusters 2020 is currently underway in Calgary, Alberta with a cast headed up by Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd.
Understandably, fans are eager to know anything they can find out about Reitman’s new Ghostbusters movie, and those fans are in luck as several set photos have leaked to the internet providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the on-going Calgary shoot (via the Instagram accounts Nerd Nook and holisticmashedpotatoes). One set of photos features the rusted Ecto-1 as seen in previous teases while another set highlights a callback to the infamous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. See the images in the space below:
As seen in the new photos as well as the previous teases, the Ecto-1 in the new movie is in bad shape from having been stored in a barn for several decades. The fact that the converted hearse is being shown on the street here confirms that it indeed comes out of the barn at some point and gets back to work. The second set of photos confirms that Mr. Stay Puft, the marshmallow mascot who came to life in giant form in the original Ghostbusters and menaced Manhattan, will at least get a shout out in the new movie. Not featured in the new images are any original Ghostbusters cast members, though Sigourney Weaver has said she's returning, and director Reitman himself confirmed that he's given the script to Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.
These new Ghostbusters 2020 images certainly don’t give away anything new about plot, but they do provide a nice nostalgic tease for fans who can’t wait to see a Ghostbusters sequel that properly picks up the story from the original films. It remains to be seen if this newest attempt at bringing back Ghostbusters truly satisfies the fans, or again leaves them feeling that their hopes have been dashed.
- Ghostbusters 3 (2020) release date: Jul 10, 2020