Earlier today, Sony Pictures and director Paul Feig finally unveiled their Ghostbusters trailer. The upcoming summer comedy reimagines the 1984 classic for a new generation, introducing a whole new team of spirit hunting warriors. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon get a lot of laughs in this first look footage. But perhaps the coolest things on display are all the ghosts, which certainly pay homage to the iconic original. Among these haints is a very familiar face. Yes, Slimer is back. But he's not the only cool Easter egg to find if you hunt hard enough.
We've collected over 80 images from the trailer, for you to wade through at your leisure. They not only give us a better look at Slimer, you can better spot some of the Easter eggs that the director has so lovingly hidden for your further amusement, including a nod to Dr. Egon Spengler's Big Twinkie line. You'll also see references to the original Paranormal Study Lab, Louis Tully and his spaghetti strainer, and the iconic Ghost Train from the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2.
The Ghostbusters trailer actually made its big debut yesterday at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California, where director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold were on hand to introduce the footage. The sneak peek got a standing ovation from the crowd, which was mostly made up of fans from around the country. Here's what the director had to say about his reboot.
"There's something really special about these four together that makes this become what was so lovely about the first movie. I really have such a love for this property. And what I really wanted to do was to bring it for a new generation. To give a new generation their own team... I get pictures of young girls making the new Ghostbusters costume and putting it on and it really chokes me up. I just love the idea that a new generation is going to have their own [team] that they love as much as the original guys. It's sheer love for the property that we did this... This is such an amazing franchise that had two amazing movies, but it could just keep going. There's so many things you could do with it. It seemed terrible to just leave it in a box."
Writer Katie Dippold, who previously worked with Paul Feig on the hit action comedy The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, had similar thoughts on resurrecting this thirty year old franchise. She had this to say.
"It was really important for us to capture the hearts of what we loved so much about the original. That was the most important thing. But there was also a call to bring something new so that it didn't feel like just another reboot."
While the beginning of the new trailer makes it sound as though this is a direct continuation of the original movie, Paul Feig was quick to point out that it is a complete reboot that takes place in an alternate universe. None of the original Ghostbusters exist in this plain of reality. And there has never been such a thing as a proton pack before. He explains.
"I know some people are like, 'why is this not a sequel and instead a reboot?' Personally, [I didn't like] the idea of them being handed technology and being told 'here's how to do this.' It was really important for us to make them scientists. That's what I love about the first one... The idea of people fighting the paranormal with science. Funny people. The Ghostbusters universe is such a great universe. I know Ghostcorp is preparing a lot more stuff."
You can get a better look at the new Ghostbusters and the return of Slimer in the images below. We've also included the trailer in case you missed it the first time it arrived, earlier this morning. Now, it's time for you to sound off below. What do you love about the trailer? What do you hate? Is this blasphemous or the best thing to happen to the franchise in 30 years? Sound off in the comments below.