If there's something strange in your neighborhood, what you gonna wear? We know now what the new Ghostbusters will don when they head out to zap phantasms next summer, following a reveal of their uniforms.
Currently in production, the new take on the classic '80s supernatural comedy will mark the first time the beloved franchise hits the big screen in a quarter of a century. Fans have been awaiting a look at the new spectre-spotting team, and we've reached the stage when the director Paul Feig is ready to tease us with glimpses of the movie -- starting with a tweet Monday of this rail of battered boilersuits bearing the famous red and white "Ghostbusters" logo.
"Ghostbusters" sees four wise-cracking scientists set up a spook-hunting startup to tackle occult outcasts and spectral scallywags. Like the 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel, the new movie casts four familiar faces from sketch show "Saturday Night Live". Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig step into the boots of original stars Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis. The new film is co-written by Feig and Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig-directed hit "The Heat" also starring Melissa McCarthy.
The new film's costume team is headed by superhero and sci-fi veteran concept artist Keith Christensen and costumer Krista Guggia. The original movie's costume designers were Theoni V. Aldredge and Suzy Benzinger.
The new outfits echo the vintage team's grey coveralls, which went a shade darker in "Ghostbusters II" (geddit -- "shade"?!). With practical cargo pants pockets and sturdy high boots, the new costumes are rounded out in safety-friendly high-visibility stripes.
"They're a throwback to the original costumes and retro is always cool," says fashion expert Gemma Cartwright of Popsugar, "and I can't say how happy I am that they haven't sexed them up for the female cast."
The on-point outfits evoke the recent couture "utility" trend, with loads of khaki and jumpsuits sent down the runway by the likes of Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. It's certainly an easy look for potential cosplayers to recreate -- could this be the hot look for Halloween 2016? "The jumpsuit is one of this year's biggest trends," says Cartwright, "so perhaps we're going to see the full-on boilersuit following in its footsteps next year? If it's good enough for Kristen Wiig..."
"Ghostbusters" is set for release in July 2016.