Back to the Future

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 (WickedBilly 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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It’s a fairly well known bit of trivia among Back to the Future fans: When production was just getting under way, director Robert Zemeckis spent four weeks filming with Eric Stoltz in the lead before he decided the part had been miscast. He dropped Stoltz and brought on Michael J. Fox. That, of course, turned out to be exactly the right decision. These days, it’s bizarre to imagine anyone but Fox playing Marty McFly.

At the time, though, it wasn’t an easy choice. For one thing, actress Melora Hardin became collateral damage in that changeover — she was considered too tall to play Fox’s love interest, so she was let go before she shot a single scene. Producer Bob Gale that conversation with Hardin “the hardest thing I ever had to do,” and said he was “sick about it for days.”

In real life, of course, Gale can’t change the way things turned out. But in fiction, he’s received a chance to do just that. David Guy Levy‘s comic Back to Back to the Future imagines Gale and Hardin accidentally sent back in time, where they decide to keep Stoltz from ever getting replaced. The first issue is available for free on the web now. Hit the jump to learn more about it.

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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.

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We’ve seen quite a few examples of cross-pollination between Broadway and film, but typically via a Broadway show that is turned into a movie. One of the projects that might go the other direction, however, is Back to the Future. The enduring ’80s film still boasts a strong fanbase, and so producers are starting to explore the idea of a stage musical version. This is a project that is in very early stages, but the appeal is pretty obvious. I have to admit, recreating the apparent murder of Doc Brown by Libyans in song and dance sounds like something I could be talked into seeing without much effort at all. Read More »

Over the course of three Back to the Future movies, a major plot point that’s never explained is how Marty McFly became friends with Doc Brown. One is a free-wheeling teenager, the other a wild, middle-aged scientist. In reality, they’d probably never even meet, let alone be friends. But from the first frame of film one, we’re forced to buy into this unlikely friendship and we do. And it’s great.

In recent years, though, the series has seen a resurgence thanks to the original’s silver anniversary, non-stop showings on ABC Family and it’s become somewhat fashionable to over analyze the film, including Marty and Doc’s friendship. Under what circumstances did these polar opposites become such good, trusting friends?

Current keeper of the Back to the Future franchise, producer and co-writer Bob Gale, answered that question point blank in a recent interview. After the jump, read the back story he and co-writer/director Robert Zemeckis came up with that never made it into the narrative. Read More »

‘Back to the Future’ Video Game Screenshots Revealed

As you know by now, Telltale Games is about to release a series of new episodic video games based off the Back to the Future franchise. Series Co-creator/co-writer/co-producer Bob Gale is grandfathering the five-episode game series with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doc Brown in the games, providing his likeness and recording a bunch of new dialogue. Michael J Fox was unavailable so newcomer A.J. LoCascio is voicing Marty McFly. The first game (which is released next month on PC and Mac, later on for PS3 and iPad) will follow the further adventures of Marty McFly, and take place six months after the end of Back to the Future Part III.

IGN has an interview with Telltale’s co-designer Mike Stemmle which also includes some new screenshots from the game itself.

“The story in the game is completely new, set several months after the events of the third movie from Marty’s perspective. Of course, this is a story that involves time travel, so who knows where it’ll end up? We’re working with Bob Gale to make sure we’re delivering an authentic experience. There’ll be numerous recognizable elements of course – the Hill Valley town center, the clocktower, the DeLorean, Doc’s lab, and quite a bit more. And you’ll see them in ways you haven’t experienced before.”  This is an adventure game, so you can expect to collects items here and there to solve puzzles and get characters to do things. As Stemmle states, “You’ll be primarily applying inventory to in-world characters and objects in the game. Marty’s not much of an ‘assemble three inventory items into a workable gadget’ kind of guy.”

Hit the jump to see a couple new screenshots from the game.

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