In an interview with the UK Telegraph, director Robert Zemeckis pledged that despite the onslaught of remakes and sequels to highly successful ‘80s film properties, he won’t be allowing a “reimagining” of his most-beloved franchise Back to the Future any time soon.
“Oh, God no,” the 63-year-old director told the Telegraph, when asked if — as one of the two rights holders to the original film, along with co-writer Bob Gale — he would ever consider signing off on a remake.
Well sure Bob, you might not ever consider a gritty reboot Marty and Doc’s adventures through time, but what about those dastardly suits in Hollywood? All they see is dollar signs, and there’s quite a lot of money in remaking old Hollywood hits these days.
“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.
Ah ha! I knew those bastards at the studios would wear you down eventually, Big Z. I’m sure they’re already hatching a devious plan. I can see it all now. Channing Tatum as Marty. Dwayne “The Doc” Johnson as Doc Brown. Chris Pratt as Biff, because let’s face it, these days he’s in everything. Oh, what a cruel world. If only someone could make a compelling argument against a new version of “Back to the Future!”
“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?”
The original contracts Zemeckis and Gale made with Universal and Amblin Entertainment in 1984 accord the two men final say on the production of any Back to the Future-related films for as long as they live.
Whew, okay. That actually makes a lot of sense. Until they announce they announce “Back to the Future 19”, let’s all calm down.
And yes, It’s still okay if you aren’t crazy about the third one (no one is).
Via The Telegraph.