Two years ago Bob Gale cautioned Back to the Future fans not to believe everything they read with respect to the idea of the 1985 film becoming a Broadway musical. Now we know the real deal: the film is being turned into a London West End musical — a totally different thing! (That’s sarcasm.) The Back to the Future musical is real: Gale and Robert Zemeckis are working with Amblin, Universal Stage Productions (Wicked, Billy Elliot), and producer Colin Ingram on the stage work.
Music for the show will be written by Alan Silvestri, and Jamie Lloyd is directing. We’ve got a new statement from Gale, below, along with some more info. Read More »
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Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:
- The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
- The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
- Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
- A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
- Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
- Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
- See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
- Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
- Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.
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Briefly: Marty and Doc are spending time together again. The core cast of Back to the Future is going to reunite, but not in a film. The Michael J. Fox Show has booked Christopher Lloyd to appear in an episode as “the eccentric principal at the high school where Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches and will go toe-to-toe with Mike (Michael J. Fox).” In other words, he’s playing the James Tolkan role.
Sadly, this isn’t meant to be an ongoing thing; the guest appearance is currently only scheduled to be a one-off, in spring 2014. The episode is shooting this week.
Briefly: Odds are if you’re reading this site, you consider yourself a film fan. It’s the passion that binds us. Sometimes, though, we forget the people we’re fans of are fans too and another fantastic example of that just came online. MTV interviewed Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Dodgeball, Accepted, Live Free or Die Hard) and, because Long claimed he was a big Back to the Future fan, quizzed him on his knowledge. It’s pretty fun and proof that Long, unlike many “fans” out there, isn’t faking it. Read More »
Thanks to Photoshop, there’s always a funny debate about the times and dates Marty McFly travels to in the Back to the Future trilogy. No matter what you may read though, the first film starts on October 25 1985. That makes today the 28th anniversary and to commemorate the occasion, a bunch of fans are recreating the chronology of the film, in real time, on Twitter, under the name The Hill Valley Project.
As the story is now at the point where band auditions take place on the 25th, there’s currently a down time between dinner at the McFly’s and Marty waking up to go to Twin Pines Mall in the morning. So the event is currently in a break, but it should pick up again soon. To follow the event, which is comprised of 49 different Twitter accounts, visit this link.
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Los Angeles residents are incredibly spoiled when it comes to pop culture art events. Most of that is because Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell opened not one but two Gallery 1988 locations in the City of Angels. Every few weeks, a new art exhibit goes on the walls celebrating either an artist or subject, usually with a pop culture theme. Lost, Breaking Bad, Edgar Wright, Judd Apatow, the list of awesome Gallery 1988 subjects goes on and on. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, usually you can’t experience these for yourself.
That’s why, in 2011, Cromwell and Karp released a beautiful coffee table book called Crazy 4 Cult, based on the Gallery’s signature exhibit. Next week, they’re releasing the sequel, Crazy 4 Cult 2, and we got Karp to exclusively explain some of his favorite images in the book. They’re based on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Shaun of the Dead, Rushmore, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Donnie Darko, Willy Wonka, Coming to America, Back to the Future and Wet Hot American Summer. Read More »
Are you a Back to the Future fan who doesn’t have a song stuck in their head yet today? Well, CineFix is happy to fill that void. They just posted a video called “Great Scott,” which reimagines the climax of Back to the Future as a Broadway musical in the style of Les Miserables. Written and performed by Dustin McLean and Piotr Michael, it’s incredibly catchy and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Check it out below. Read More »
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Purchasing the Back to the Future Delorean Lego earlier this month made me feel 12 years old again. All of a sudden, I want to buy all these Legos. It’s not a good thing. Especially when Lego is more than happy to release an increasing number of awesome sets.
On the official front, the company recently announced that 2014 will bring a special set based on the hit TV show, The Simpsons. On the unofficial front, two very cool projects are up for consideration on Lego Cuusoo: the Hill Valley Courthouse from Back to the Future and the gate to Jurassic Park. See some images below. Read More »