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A Sigh Of Relief: Robert Zemeckis Says No Back To The Future Reboot

Mairéad Scahill | PopWrapped Author

Mairéad Scahill

07/02/2015 4:02 pm
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A Sigh Of Relief: Robert Zemeckis Says No Back To The Future Reboot | Back to the future
Media Courtesy of Imgartists

It turns out we won’t be going back to the future after all.

And this is excellent news.

Robert Zemeckis, the genius behind the seminal class Back To The Future, has confirmed that they will re-make the classic trilogy... over his dead body.

Hear, hear.

The classic time-travel tale has been a hit for generations, so with the recent influx of reboots and sequels being ordered, it seemed like a logical—yet terrifying—conclusion that the Back To The Future trilogy would be next.

The 63-year old informed The Telegraph that he would stop any efforts to try and reboot the classic:

He said,

“That can’t happen until both (co-writer) Bob (Gale) 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?”


The time-travelling trilogy will stay happily in the past and remain the classic it was always meant to be, if Zemeckis can have his way.

He even had it put in writing. When Gale and Zemeckis signed on for the series, they added a clause that stated the two men had final say on any Back To The Future related films for as long as they lived.

So when he says it would happen over his dead body, he is talking literally.

Zemeckis also lamented the notion of a Back To The Future film without Michael J. Fox, which we can all agree would be an absolute travesty.

The original screenplay won Gale and Zemeckis an Academy Award, eventually Zemeckis went on to further glory, winning “Best Director” for Forrest Gump. The 63-year old is still hard at work, with his latest instalment for the silver screen, The Walk—the tale of a tightrope walker who walked between the World Trade Centre Towers in 1974—to be released later this year.

I think we can all agree that this is one reboot we won’t see happening any time soon, or any time in the past...

Popwrappers, are you delighted or disappointed by the news? And if the reboot, horrific as the thought may be, did happen, who would ever replace Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd?! Let us know.


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