‘Back to the Future’ Remake? Not in Original Director’s Lifetime

By June 30, 2015

Although there have been rumors off and on for the past twenty years about some kind of follow-up to Back to the Future beyond Parts II and III, nothing has ever materialized. It seems like principle series creators, writer/director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale, prefer it that way, as both men have stated that a Back to the Future Part IV wouldn’t ever be made. With remakes being a popular Hollywood trend, though, what if the franchise featuring Doc Brown and Marty were to be remade by another director? That seems like it would be more possible than a direct sequel, right?

Not according to Zemeckis. In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Zemeckis not only denied the possibility of a remake, but said that he and Gale would actively fight it if the possibility even came up. He said,

Oh, God no. I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?

Gale echoed Zemeckis’ sentiments, and Zemeckis even speculated on how such a prospect would be stopped far in the future well after his death, completely cementing his fervent stance against such a possibility by saying that a Back to the Future remake could never happen in their lifetimes.

That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.

The original Back to the Future film is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and this October 21st will mark the day that Doc Brown, Marty, and Jennifer traveled into the future. We’re not quite at the point of flying cars, but rumor has it that hoverboards may be around the corner. For more movie news as it takes shape, keep your time circuits locked to GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.