This Is How the Back to the Future Screenwriter First Envisioned the Year 2015

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 - 2:22PM
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 - 2:22PM
This Is How the Back to the Future Screenwriter First Envisioned the Year 2015
It's now the year 2015, and all die-hard Back to the Future fans know what that means. In Back to the Future part II, Marty McFly traveled from the 80's to the year 2015, which required screenwriter Bob Gale to predict what life would be like thirty years in the future. Here are Gale's first notes for a Back to the Future sequel from 1986, courtesy of Hitfix, which include his sometimes accurate, often hilarious vision of October 2015:

This Is How the Back to the Future Screenwriter First Envisioned the Year 2015

This Is How the Back to the Future Screenwriter First Envisioned the Year 2015

There are several wonderful tidbits that have nothing to do with the future, such as the idea that the UFO phenomenon is entirely due to misadventures in the DeLorean, and the fact that Gale knew from the first hastily-written notes that Marty would travel back to 1955.

But it also includes some predictions for the future, which is now the present. Some of them were actually fairly accurate, or at least were based on sound reasoning. Japan isn't the 51st state, but Gale was correct in predicting that Asia's sphere of influence would extend to America by now. And he was 100% correct that the "info revolution" would take over from the car revolution.

Other predictions, like waiters in McDonalds, didn't exactly pan out, but they're funny, which was ultimately the entire point. Zemeckis went on record saying,

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"For me, filming the future scenes of the movie were the least enjoyable of making the whole trilogy, because I don't really like films that try and predict the future. The only one I've actually enjoyed were the ones done by Stanley Kubrick, and not even he predicted the PC when he made A Clockwork Orange. So, rather than trying to make a scientifically sound prediction that we were probably going to get wrong anyway, we figured, let's just make it funny."
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