The original Ecto-1 is returning for the next Ghostbusters movie

It’s a sequel, not a reboot
by Drei Laurel | Jan 18, 2019

Did Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot leave a bad taste in your mouth? Don’t worry, because you’re not alone—as of 2019, the film’s YouTube trailer has three times as many dislikes as it does likes. So yeah, you’re in the majority.

Now, we’re not film critics, so we’re not going to go into whether or not all that hate is warranted. But we do have to say the reboot was missing something: the Ecto-1.

Yes, we know the 2016 version had its own ghost-busting mobile in the form of a boxy modified hearse. But we still prefer the repurposed ’50s Cadillac ambulance from the franchise’s first two films. We just feel that this iteration had so much more personality to it.

If you agree, you’ll be glad to know the original Ecto-1 is making a comeback. A short 50-second teaser for the 2020 Ghostbusters sequel (yes, it’s a sequel to the original ’80s movies)) recently dropped on YouTube, and the Ecto-1 makes an appearance.

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The footage doesn’t reveal much: There’s a barn, some eerie music lifted from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie, and a few flashes of light courtesy of a proton pack. Toward the end of the clip, a gust of wind lifts the sheet off a vehicle sitting inside the barn, revealing the tail end of the classic Ecto-1 from the ’80s flicks.

Hopefully, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson—the remaining Ghostbusters from the first two movies—return for the 2020 sequel as well. Do you prefer the first iteration of the Ecto-1, too?

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