From New York City to flyover country, that’s apparently where the Ecto-1 ended up.
In these first look photos for the Ghostbusters reboot from director Jason Reitman (son of original director Ivan Reitman), we catch a glimpse of where the original crew’s Ectomobile now lies hidden: covered up in a barn somewhere in rural Oklahoma.
It’s discovered by the kids of a woman named Callie (Carrie Coon) who is the daughter of one of the original Ghostbusters, but a father she never knew. They find it on the farm that they recently moved to, a property that Callie’s father has left to her. (Probably safe to assume that her dad is Dr. Egon Spengler, played by the late actor Harold Ramis who passed away in 2014).
Ignoring the all-female Ghostbusters of 2016, this will serve as a direct sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films, meaning it will exist in the same universe in which the original “Manhattan Crossrip” occurred. Callie’s kids — played by Captain Marvel’s Mckenna Grace and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard — are unfamiliar with that event but will learn of it from local summer school teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), a man who’s been obsessed with the crossrip since his childhood.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Reitman shared the following tease:
- As the family arrives at an old farm, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters. Trevor and Phoebe are about to find out who their grandfather was and whether they’re ready to pick up the proton pack themselves. Although later generations may think of [the Manhattan Crossrip] as a myth, or not think of it at all, Mr. Grooberson remembers it obsessively and is excited to pass on what he knows.
The new adventure — which will reunite Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts — has also received an official title: Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It opens next summer on July 10, 2020. The film’s first trailer will debut this coming Monday, December 9.