Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Russ Fischer
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.
Deadline reports that Robert Zemeckis is in discussions with BTTF co-writer Bob Gale and original composer Alan Silvestri to transfer Marty McFly’s story to the stage. That’s all we’ve got right now, but anyone familiar with the film is probably already picturing a few great stage translations of BTTF moments. A musical version would be an opportunity to play with both ’50s and ’80s musical styles, and there could be some really inventive stage effects designed to recreate the film’s key sequences.
If this did actually happen, and the actor hired for the lead could shred on electric guitar, he could bring the house down every night with an insane rendition of ‘Johnny B. Goode.’
A successful stage run could also, unfortunately, pave the way for a remake/reboot of the film. That would be a much less appealing outcome to the project, but with the way films are developed lately it seems almost inevitable. For the time being, we’ll focus on the potentially fun stage version, until there is reason to really think about a new movie take on the story.