Robert Zemeckis: A 'Back to the Future' Reboot Will Happen Over His Dead Body

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 11:15AM
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 11:15AM
Robert Zemeckis: A 'Back to the Future' Reboot Will Happen Over His Dead Body
With the massive success of Jurassic World, every beloved franchise will be looking to reboot, if they weren't already. But to the disappointment/relief of Back to the Future fans, that particular sci-fi classic will remain untouched for the foreseeable future, as director Robert Zemeckis told The Telegraph that the rights to make a reboot or remake would need to be pried out of his cold, dead hands:

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"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?"
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He's not just blowing smoke; Zemeckis and Gale's original contracts state that they have final say over production (or lack thereof) of any Back to the Future film for the rest of their lives. Zemeckis had previously ruled out returning to the franchise himself, but this is the first time he has confirmed that he will prevent others from taking the reins.

Jurassic World is the shining example of a successful reboot, as the sequel has received critical and fan acclaim, as well as huge box office success; it beat Avengers for the biggest opening weekend of all time, and went on to become the eighth highest-grossing film earlier this week (and it's still in theaters, so it could easily climb even higher up the list). But even so, Terminator: Genisys came out this weekend with considerably less fanfare, and many reboots are considered perfunctory at best and creatively bankrupt at worst. And even in the case of the relatively Jurassic World, no one claimed that it lived up to the original, so it's safe to assume that a Back to the Future sequel/reboot wouldn't be able to replicate the original's success, just capitalize on it.
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