Hollywood has cannibalized itself for generations. Even classic movies like Sabrina has been remade. And don't get me started on the many iterations of A Star is Born. The truth is, nothing is sacred anymore. We are about to have our fifth Indiana Jones movie and who knows how many more iterations of Robin Hood we'll get in our lifetime. But the one title that scares me more than others is Back to the Future.
See, BTTF is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's the VHS I'd put on when my parents left me alone, and the movie I watch when I need to change my mood. It's special to me and to millions of other people across the globe. So when it comes to remakes...I get terrified they'll expand its universe.
Even delightful deepfakes, like this one starring Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. are hard for me to enjoy. And those are two of my favorite actors.
But lucky for me, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis seem to feel the same way. That's why it's so encouraging to hear that when the topic of remaking and rebooting BTTF came up recently, they shut it down, with Bob Gale saying, “You know, you don't sell your kids into prostitution. It was the wrong thing to do. We put 'The End' at the end of part three.”
Back to the Future...now
While we don't have flying cars or much of anything promised across the trilogy, we have three movies that always make me smile. When movies come back to be remade, people can get very upset. Case in point. Look at the backlash with Ghostbusters.
Bob Gale expanded his perspective, adding, "We learn from the fact that so many studios have gone back to the well on some of their franchise properties too many times, and the audiences are disappointed and say, 'oh my God, they ruined my childhood'."
Zemeckis agreed with Gale. Stating, "Back to the Future 4 can't be done."
That's good enough for me. I don't want anything tainting my love for the movie.
There is a musical revival of the film. Back to the Future: The Musical premiering at the Manchester Opera House. The show features classic tracks from the first movie as well as new music by original composer Alan Silvestri and lyrics by Glen Ballard. While it was originally due to premiere in 2015, it has been repeatedly been pushed back due to creative differences behind the scenes.
The musical is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and opens for a 12-week run starting February 20, 2020.
Anything else new for BTTF Fans?
Universal Brand Development has revealed today that The Back to the Future trilogy will officially be coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2020 in honor of the original film’s 35th anniversary. Great Scott!
So when does that leave us...?
For now, the Back to the Future movies are safely in the past. So get excited and get ready to view them in beautiful 4K restorations. For me, I feel like these kinds of films become family heirlooms. They're so much fun to watch with other people and even better to introduce to kids.
What's your favorite Back to the Future watching experience? Let u know in the comments.