Here’s the One Beloved Film Franchise that Is Safe from Reboot Fever … for Now


In an interview with The Telegraph, Zemeckis was asked about any prequel/sequel/reboot/remake plans for the Back to the Future franchise. “Oh, God no,” he said. Fortunately, Zemeckis and his writing partner Bob Gale have the rights to the original trilogy and the final word on whether or not Hollywood can take the McFly saga for another spin. Zemeckis went on 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.” The director then expressed his larger fatigue with Hollywood’s reboot trend, saying, “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?”

Zemeckis eventually answered his own question, acknowledging that the reason behind the reboot trend is, of course, the money that comes from brand recognition or, to use studio vocabulary, “pre-sold title.” (The financial success of Jurassic World makes that point rather succinctly.) Zemeckis told The Telegraph, “Pre-sold title, that’s the reason. But can you imagine them getting skewered?”

Of all the trilogies we’d least want to see meddled with, Back to the Future is high on the list. Though the original film was intended as a stand-alone story, Zemeckis took several years to plan out the narratives of the second and third installments very carefully. The shaggier, interlocking sequels spanning the futuristic 2015 and the old West of 1885 may not be as universally beloved as the original film, but they tie up the arcs for Marty and Doc in a pretty neat bow. It would be a shame to see that all unravel to serve the convoluted contortions necessary to freshen up the franchise for 2015. After all, if Back to the Future taught us anything, it’s that messing with the space/time continuum is always a dangerous idea.


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