Ecto-1 is the barn find of a lifetime in ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’
Following the women-led “Ghostbusters” reboot in 2016, a completely new chapter in the franchise will be born in 2020. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” will feature a fresh cast, a modern story and cutting-edge cinematics. Yet, one thing will remain the same: the famous Ecto-1. The first trailer for the upcoming film shows the classic movie car — a highly modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex — still has a little gas in the tank, even after sitting in a barn for more than 30 years.
“Afterlife” follows a character played by Finn Wolfhard (Mike from “Stranger Things”) as he, his sister and his mom are evicted and move to an inherited farmhouse in Summerville, Oklahoma. The property, previously owned by the kids’ grandfather, turns out to be a secret storage facility for all of the old Ghostbusters gear. Grandpa was Dr. Egon Spengler.
The research, the uniforms, the ghost traps and the Ecto-1 are all tucked away and out of sight. Trevor, Wolfhard’s character, finds the automotive relic and is able to start the old box of bolts. He and his sister Phoebe are then seen careening the Ecto-1 through a field and testing out the car’s gunner seat in town.
Paul Rudd enters the picture as Mr. Grooberson, a teacher at the kids’ school who shows an interest in Phoebe’s ghost trap. As somebody who remembers the Manhattan Crossrip well, Grooberson schools the kids on the past and, with them, explores their connection to it all.
The trailer closes with a Bill Murray quote from the original film: “Call it fate, call it luck, call it karma … I believe that everything happens for a reason.” He, along with Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, are expected to have some sort of involvement in the new movie, though it’s unclear what that will be. We’ll find out more next year when “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” opens summer 2020.
P.S. How about that Ford Ranchero GT?