Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems like just about everyone who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s considers themselves a fan of Robert Zemeckis‘ Back to the Future movies, and with good reason; that trilogy has held up surprisingly well over the years. But there’s being a fan, and then there’s being completely and utterly obsessed. Like, try-to-actually-become-Marty-McFly obsessed.
Directed by Phil Hawkins, the upcoming BTTF-inspired Great Scott will be about a young man who falls squarely into the latter category. More about the film after the jump.
MovieHole reports that Great Scott will focus on an unhappy working class teen in ’80s Manchester, England who develops a fixation on the 1985 sci-fi comedy classic and, along with it, a burning desire to leave behind his humdrum life and live out the adventures of his cinematic hero. It’s not clear how closely Great Scott will mirror Back to the Future, or whether it’ll mix in sci-fi elements like, y’know, time travel. But it sounds like a pretty inspired idea at any rate, and seems to come from the same place of love as films like Son of Rambow and Fanboys.
Hawkins is probably best remembered as one of the contestants on the short-lived Steven Spielberg-produced reality series On the Lot, which followed 16 aspiring filmmakers competing for a million-dollar development deal at DreamWorks. Though Hawkins was eliminated rather early on, he’s continued to work in film and television over the past several years and now has a number of shorts and a couple of features under his belt, including the Philip Pullman adaptation The Butterfly Tattoo and the comedy Being Sold.
Casting on Great Scott, which was scripted by newcomers Alex Child and Hiram Bleetman, is slated to begin soon with filming scheduled to get underway this spring.
Check out trailers for Hawkins’ previous films below: