Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
On /Film, we have Superhero Bits daily, Star Wars Bits and Sequel Bits a few times a week, and occasionally we’ll run a TV Bits. Today we add a new one to the line, Back to the Future Bits. No, don’t expect to see this round-up as a regular column, but with Back to the Future Day coming up next week (remember Marty and Doc arrived on October 21st, 2015) there are just too many news stories, announcements, and fun tidbits not to share with you. So today I present to you the first (and possibly only) edition of Back to the Future Bits. Here is what you can expect:
- Writer/producer Bob Gale answers fan questions.
- We get an update on Back to the Future: The Musical.
- Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox tease a big announcement from Toyota coming on October 21st 2015.
- Find out where you can get a Back to the Future Day t-shirt.
- Claudia Wells reprises her role as Jennifer Parker for a Back to the Future short film showing what happened the night of October 26th 1985.
- Find out how to recreate the Flux Capacitor cheaply with everyday materials.
- Back to the Future series director Robert Zemeckis admits the movie wouldn’t have been made today.
- Bob Gale talks about what he got right and wrong about his Back to the Future Part II predictions, including the Cubs going to the 2015 World Series.
- Listen/watch a rocking remix of Back to the Future by Eclectic Method.
- And the header image is of a Back to the Future DeLorean time machine golf cart created for The Red Deer College 30th Annual Golf Classic.
All that and more, in Back to the Future bits. Hit the jump to 88 miles an hour to see some serious shit.
Back to the Future writer and Producer Bob Gale appeared on the Beyond The Marquee web show to answer Back to the Future questions for fans. One of the questions involved getting an update on the reported Back to the Future musical stage production:
It’s kind of on hold right now, as we wait for my schedule, Bob Zemeckis’ schedule and the schedules of Alan Silvestri and lyricist Glen Ballard to get back in synch. We are now thinking we might have this up and running in 2017. We want it to be right. We kind of had a false start before when we started moving forward. But when the musical comes out, be rest assured it will be great. We aren’t going to release this just as a money grab.
Gale also explains why Michael J. Fox’s version of the character had the puffy vest but Eric Stoltz’ version did not, why we won’t see the entire Eric Stoltz footage, why Biff became a bully, debunking the recent claim that Steven Spielberg and Universal could remake Jaws and Back to the Future and much more. You can watch the whole video Q&A above.
Back to the Future stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox sit down and talk about the predictions Back to the Future Part II got right, in a video that is a lead-up to some big announcement from Toyota on Back to the Future Day (October 21st, 2015). As you may remember, Hill Valley has a Statler Toyota, and thats where Marty McFly got his 4×4 truck at the end of the first film. So it seems like Toyota has gotten the participation of Lloyd and Fox for a futuristic Back to the Future-type tie in. Now if only they would announce they are got the rights to build a new version of the DeLorean.
And speaking of Back to the Future Part II predictions, producer/writer Bob Gale also talked with The Hollywood Reporter about all of the predictions the film made for 2015. The one thing he could have never predicted: the smartphone.
It’s the Swiss Army Knife of today. The fact that everyone can have one device that’s a computer, that’s a camera, that’s a recording device, that’s a calculator, that’s a flashlight … we didn’t think of that. I would have bet that the flat-screen TV and the Skype-like communication — I would have put money that we would have that.