In a movie world dominated by sequels and reboots and remakes, director Robert Zemeckis has made something very clear: you will not see his beloved 1985 time travel classic Back to the Future getting the remake treatment. At least not while he still lives and breathes.
Back in 1984, the contract signed by Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale with Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment included their right to deny any future sequels or other related movies. When asked whether he would ever agree to a remake by The Telegraph, Zemeckis replied “Oh, God no.”
Continue reading to see what else he had to say.
“That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.
I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”
Gale was also asked about future entries in the series back in 2008, responding that it’d never be the same if the movie didn’t star Michael J. Fox:
“The idea of making another Back to the Future movie without Michael J. Fox — you know, that’s like saying, ‘I’m going to cook you a steak dinner and I’m going to hold the beef.'”
Despite adamantly denying that a remake will happen in his lifetime (and hopefully long past that), Zemeckis is well-aware of how profitable a new Back to the Future could be if it happened. Much like Jurassic World, the latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise that’s made $1.2 billion worldwide so far—the 8th highest grossing movie of all time worldwide and 5th highest grossing domestically (and climbing)—it would be considered something called a “pre-sold title,” a movie all but guaranteed to make large sums of cash.
Zemeckis also spoke on this, saying:
“Pre-sold title, that’s the reason. But can you imagine them getting skewered?”
Do you ever want to see Back to the Future remade, or another sequel made with someone new starring?