“Things get very slimy, very fast in the new Ghostbusters.
The first full scene of the Ghostbusters trailer, which arrived online Thursday, even has a gnarly apparition throwing up green ectoplasm all over Kristen Wiig’s scientist character.
“We went right for the slime, and not just a little slime,” director Paul Feig tells USA TODAY. “It’s called ecto-projecting.”
This green-filled start was important for the all-female Ghostbusters reboot starring Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones (in theaters July 15). It pays tribute to the famous New York Public Library ghost scene from the original 1984 Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.
But obviously, this Ghostbusters is entirely different.
“We wanted to plant a flag early. People don’t know what this movie is,” says Feig. “It’s a whole different team. But it’s kind of fun leading off with something iconic from the original.”
Feig, along with screenwriter Katie Dippold and producer Ivan Reitman (who directed the 1984 original), unveiled the trailer Wednesday to superfans and media on the Sony Pictures lot.
Slimer returns: The hungry green ghost from the original makes a brief appearance in the trailer and is featured in the new film. Feig says he struggled with the idea of including the beloved Slimer. After seeing what an updated version looked like, he went for it.
“Originally, I was kind of like, ‘No way,’ ” says Feig. “But after seeing it, you think, Slimer is the one thing from the original that people are obsessed about.”
The Ectomobile revamp: The new Ghostbusters Ectomobile is a handed-down 1980s Cadillac hearse. Revamped, it’s great for holding ghost-busting equipment in a way that screams low-rent. And there’s one really big, yellow siren.
“I was like, ‘What’s a cool-looking car?’ And I just loved those ’80s Cadillacs,” says Feig. “I liked that it was different than the rounded look of the original. It’s a fun look…”