Director of Ghostbusters Reboot Unveils New Ecto-1 Photo
The times, they are a’changing, and that means that in this topsy-turvy world of ours, we’ll soon be treated to a new Ghostbusters film with an all-female team and a new Ecto-1. Mass hysteria! What’s next? Forty years of darkness? Earthquakes? Volcanoes? The dead rising from the grave? Human sacrifice? Dogs and cats living together?
Last night, new Ghostbusters director Paul Feig posted this image to Twitter, promptly causing the Internet to go insane:
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) July 8, 2015
The new Ecto-1 replaces the model made famous by the 1984 original (and the retouched Ecto-1a from the considerably-less-good 1989 sequel). Based on a 1959 Cadillac ambulance, the original Ecto-1 was intended to be an anachronistic choice for a vehicle in 1984 New York. Given that the new film will likely take place in current-day New York, it stands to reason that a 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood would serve as both a fittingly anachronistic choice and an appropriate homage to the original film.
Ghostbusters (not Lady Ghostbusters or Ghostbusters: The Female Version or Ghostbusters III: Drink Deep the Tears of Dan Aykroyd) is slated to hit theaters in July 2016, which could mean that we will be seeing a proper teaser sometime in the very near future—perhaps even at San Diego Comic Con.
The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones at the titular busters of ghosts. Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, and Michael K. Williams will also star.
The new Ecto-1 may not be that old car that you remember, but it’s definitely not a bad choice for a descendant. It will be interesting to see if this new vehicle generates even one-tenth of the fanboy tears that were cried at the ruination of so, so many childhoods with a film starring women instead of dudes.