(edit: no word yet one whether or not this display is to promote the new film or Sony in general. It's certainly a familiar angle we're seeing the car from for the purposes of the 2020 film, but we'll see what this is all about)
My guess would be that given the car's parked in a general suggestion of the Firehouse, and isn't covered in dirt, it's just there to promote Sony's brands - with the visible signage for Into the Spider-Verse
, Playstation, and Sony Music supporting that conclusion.
I mean, 1A has a completely different gas-cap location and different bumpers (but that's for another thread).
Agreed on the bumper, but the gas cap on Ecto-1A is in the same position as on Ecto-1.
If the company doesn't exist anymore it's going to be an awkward stretch for all the original characters to not only appear, but be involved with the story.
Unless there's an IT: Chapter Two
/Back In the Saddle
-style event which draws the surviving Ghostbusters to Summerville. And supporting characters like Janine or Dana could be featured in scenes either showing the Ghostbusters heading out to Oklahoma, or after the big bad has been defeated, and the survivors then
decide to get the company up and running again.
but does it really need to go so far as to have (strangely) the plates from 1984 on it?
Agreed, it didn't... But we don't know what happened to the car after 1989 (or 1992). I suppose one spitball would be to say they finally retired Ecto-1A from service, and returned her to her 1984 appearance (including historic plates) for a museum attraction that eventually went bust.
The leaked plot has to have some truth to it as it was published before anyone knew anything about the Shandor mining company. If it is true, and the company still exists, there's an easy explanation for 1A not being in the barn.
Well, apart from the other
easy explanation that the car formerly known as Ecto-1A is in the barn...
I did find it interesting that they said "on location" as the only location in LA that came to mind was firehouse 23...
I've been hoping they secretly refurbished the inside to shoot there. I figure since Jason is leaning into nostalgia enough to dig up old fonts at Columbia...shooting at the same iconic location would be a given....but that place still looks very terrible.
Unfortunately I can say with reasonable certainty that any Los Angeles filming won't be using Firestation 23. A fan by the name of Couture visited LA23 just before Halloween
, where it was still closed for the ongoing renovation work, but he was able to get a quick glance through an open door:
It still looks more or less how it was, albeit now missing the uniform closets. They told me they're in the process of catologing and removing things from the building prior to the actual rennovation starting (a long process because it's a landmark building), and they were hauling out junk to throw away.