'Back to the Future' Producer Will Never Reboot or Remake Franchise

'Back to the Future' Producer Will Never Reboot or Remake Franchise

By Robert Dougherty Nov 29, 2016 02:32 PM
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The Back to the Future series has gotten plenty of new attention lately, due to anniversaries and having foreseen the rises of the Chicago Cubs and Donald Trump. Normally, such a renewed spotlight would trigger Hollywood to start planning reboots or sequels, yet producer Frank Marshall swears it will never happen on his watch.

Marshall told this to Yahoo Movies UK while promoting Jason Bourne's release on DVD. While Marshall couldn't leave the Bourne series alone after its original trilogy ended, he promises Back to the Future is a different story, stating "as long as I have my say" that "we’re never touching those."

This is a time where many other 80s classics have gotten reboots, and even been remade into a TV series, so no one can ever truly say never about an old movie getting redone in some fashion these days. The original core of Marshall, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis may never do it while they're still in the business, but the more distant future isn't set in stone, as the franchise itself proved.

Maybe it wouldn't be relevant enough to redo in 2035 or beyond, but 2015 and 2016 already made the franchise more relevant than ever in some unforeseen ways. Back to the Future just had its 30th anniversary last year, while Back to the Future: Part II was one year off in predicting the Cubs' World Series win, and how it preceded the Trump-esq Biff Tannen's rise to power in an alternate reality. However, the original franchise didn't go any further into the future than 2015, so these may be the last relevant parallels and ironies between real life and what Marty and Doc Brown screwed up.

Back to the Future isn't the only Zemeckis 80s classic that will probably be left alone, however. Zemeckis recently told the Telegraph that he did have a screenplay in mind to continue Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but that "the current corporate Disney culture has no interest" in using it.

Hollywood keeps going back to the past with wildly mixed results, just like Marty and Doc did on a grander and more threatening scale. But when it comes to past Zemeckis classics, it appears their history and legacy will remain unchanged in this current era, whether by design or otherwise.

In the meantime, Zemeckis is still going back to the past in other ways, with his WWII romance thriller Allied now in theaters.

Tags: Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future: Part II (1989), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Allied (2016), Frank Marshall, Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future
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