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Next ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Is Not a Reboot At All, Set in Present Day

New trailer is 100 percent 1984 nostalgia...in a barn.

Nobody ever made them like this! The next installment in the Ghostbusters movie franchise is going back to its roots. Out of nowhere, Sony dropped a new teaser trailer for a Ghostbusters sequel on Wednesday and it’s going to make old-school kids really happy.

In a spooky barn, the classic sounds of the proton pack can be heard, as a sheet suddenly blows over to reveal the back of the original Ghostbusters car; Ecto-1. Relevantly, this car is not the new Ecto-1 from the 2016 reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate Mckinnon, and Melissa McCarthy. Instead, everything about this trailer suggests it is a sequel to the 1984 and 1989 films Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II. But how? And will the new Ghostbusters from the 2016 movie be involved at all?

At this point, little is known about the film, but on Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter published a piece suggesting that “sources say that [Jason] Reitman is on the lookout to cast four teens in the movie, two boys and two girls.” This makes it seem like we’re getting a new contemporary Ghostbusters squad, who perhaps appropriate the classic gear somehow. All of this suggests that the 2016 movie will be ignored entirely, but that’s not necessarily the case. Despite being a comedy, Ghostbusters exists in a world where travel between parallel dimensions is totally possible. In the first movie, Ray (Dan Aykroyd) told Zuul to head to the “nearest convenient parallel dimension.” Plus, Aykroyd’s original concept, before Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman got involved, did involve multiple teams of Ghostbusters all hanging out in a futuristic, downtrodden science fiction world. Could some of this sci-fi stuff finally come to pass?

Relevantly, several outlets are reporting that Aykroyd teased the existence of this not-reboot movie in November. According to a few tabloids, including Express, the synopsis of the movie is: “A family moves back home to a small town where they learn more about who they are.” So, maybe the teenagers in the movie are the children of the original Ghostbusters.

The new Ghostbusters — which might confusingly be titled “Ghostbusters” — comes out sometime in 2020. The new film will be directed by Jason Reitman, the son Ivan Reitman. According to CNN, he confirmed that the new film is not a reboot, saying “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”