Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Well, we did warn you that the project was still in the very early stages — but it now seems like that Back to the Future stage show may be even farther away than we’d thought.
Yesterday, news broke that director Robert Zemeckis, his co-writer/producer Bob Gale, and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri were in early talks to bring Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and their iconic DeLorean to Broadway, and Zemeckis’ rep even confirmed that the three were “in preliminary creative discussions.” However, Gale is now cautioning that the story should be taken with a giant grain of salt. Read his comments after the jump.
BTTF.com reached out to Gale regarding the musical, and his response was friendly but less than encouraging. “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” he told the site. “Last year, it was a remake starring Justin Bieber. Nevertheless, we’re glad that BTTF continues to generate so much internet chatter!”
It’s not quite clear whether Gale is saying that the talks haven’t taken place at all, or just that they aren’t as advanced as people seem to think (i.e., perhaps the “discussions” were actually nothing more than idle chatter). Gale hasn’t denied the possibility outright, so optimists can continue to hold out hope that it’ll happen eventually. But in any case, it seems highly unlikely that the time-traveling comedy classic will hit the Great White Way anytime soon.
I can’t say I’m too broken up about Gale’s news. As much as I would’ve enjoyed seeing Marty accidentally woo his own mother via showtunes, honestly, the original and its two sequels are enough for me. And it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of Back to the Future-themed entertainments out there already. There’s Great Scott, the upcoming BTTF-inspired indie from On the Lot contestant Phil Hawkins, not to mention BTTF-themed art, mashup videos, Lego constructions, commercials, sneakers, video games, electric cars…