As we are in an age of recycling existing ideas, reboots, and sequels, of course there would be anxiety about a future reprisal of Marty McFly and the DeLorean. One of the biggest classics of the 80’s, big money could be made from a reboot of Back to the Future – but not on director Robert Zemeckis’ watch. The film celebrates its’ 30 year anniversary this year, and Zemeckis is ensuring that the story starts and ends in 1990 with Back to the Future 3.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Zemeckis stated: “Oh, God no. That can’t happen until both Bob [Gale, his co-writer] 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?“.
At the time of the creation of Back to the Future, Zemeckis and Gale had stipulation in their contracts that gave them sole ownership and rights to the Back to the Future series, ensuring that any further action to be taken, including reboots, would have to be approved by them – so it seems we won’t be seeing any new material for a very long time, or at least within their lifetimes.