Yesterday, we posted a first look at the all-female Ghostbusters uniforms, and the feeling was that Paul Feig was sticking fairly closely to the original film’s designs. Today, the director of the controversial reboot posted the most crucial element of Ghostbusting — the Proton Pack. And it looks like Feig is indeed going by the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” credo. On the left, you’ll see the 1984 original design, and on the right the new one. Apart from a few cosmetic changes (circular part now at the top, more uncoated metal surfaces) it looks pretty much like the “unlicensed nuclear accelerators” fans know and love. It’s good that they’ve kept the DIY feel of the equipment, in fact this one looks even more crude than Egon Spengler’s version.
Looking at how faithful Feig is being with the logo, the uniform and the gear, one has to wonder why is it then necessary for this film to be a hard reboot? My biggest issue with this movie is not that it’s an all-female team, populated by comediennes like Melissa McCarthy. My issue is that why does it need to completely ignore the existing universe? Why can’t this simply be a new team taking over the business like its a franchise? That question isn’t likely to be answered by the filmmakers. So all we can hope for is for this reboot to be good.
“Ghostbusters” stars Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. It premieres 22nd July 2016.