Watch the first trailer for 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife.'
The 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance that starred in 1984's 'Ghostbusters' is one of Hollywood's coolest cars alongside the likes of Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang that featured in 'Bullitt' or Burt Reynolds' 'Bandit' Pontiac Trans Am. It was converted into the iconic Ecto-1, the modified hearse used to transport the ghost-busting team's equipment. The original Ecto-1 has been out of action since the 1989 sequel 'Ghostbusters II' and was controversially replaced with a 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham hearse in the ill-fated Ghostbusters reboot in 2016.
Next year, however, the beloved original Ecto-1 is finally returning in 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife,' the official sequel to 'Ghostbusters II' that completely ignores the all-female reboot. And you can see it in action for the first time in the new trailer that's just been released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The movie could have gone for a modern Caddy like a 2020 Cadillac CT6-V, but we're pretty happy that the director chose to go old school.
'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' centers on new characters played by Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and Finn Wolfhard, who play a family who move into a rural town after inheriting a mysterious property and quickly discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters. Speaking of which, some of the original movie's cast members will reprise their roles in the film including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, but they don't appear in the trailer.
There are plenty of callbacks to the original film, but gearheads will be most interested in the return of Ecto-1, which is discovered abandoned in a barn under a sheet. It's clearly seen better days, but Ecto-1 soon roars back to life. The trailer then cuts to shots of the Cadillac ambulance being taken for a joyride through a field and the group discovering the revolving gunner seat, which is used in an action scene set in the main town showcasing Ecto-1 doing what it does best: chasing ghosts. Hopefully, this will be one of many auto action scenes in the film.
Directed by Jason Reitman, who happens to be the son of the first film's director Ivan Reitman, 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' releases in theaters on July 10, 2020.