In the era of constant reboots that (usually) destroy the sanctity of the original film or series, it is very rare to hear that a classic movie franchise will never get rebooted.
But fans of the Back to the Future trilogy can rejoice today because it has been announced that these three awesome films will never be remade.
Even though we may not have hoverboards or flying cars like the 2nd film in the series suggested that we’d have last year in 2015, the movies are still relevant to those who hope to keep the spirit of the DeLorean alive and well in its natural state.
Reboots are Not Always a Bad Thing
Today reboots and film renewals are becoming the “It” thing to do in Hollywood. And no matter how much people complain about their favorite movies from their childhood getting butchered, people still stand in line to see these modernized versions.
The new Ghostbusters movie received a lot of negativity from critics and movie enthusiast as soon as the reboot was announced. And it wasn’t even a remake, but a reboot of the series. The downside of the film had to be due to the fact that the original characters were replaced by an all-female cast.
But girl-power reigned supreme and the film whose trailer received millions of dislikes on YouTube ended up making $229 million in the US. Not bad for a movie that was hated since it was first announced.
Remakes may get fans of the original films in a rage, but that definitely wasn’t the case with last year’s Star Wars reboot. The Force Awakens added a brand new aspect to the world of Star Wars and fans were very pleased with the outcome of the movie. Now they are anxiously awaiting the next film in the series, Rogue One which hits theaters on December 16th.
So Why Will There Not be a BTTF Remake?
Fans of the original films have been stressing out over the fact that so many 80s movies are being remade these days, so they were anticipating their worst fears of a Back to the Future remake. But it turns out that we will never return to 1985, (unless someone finally invents an actual time machine). Producer of the franchise, Frank Marshall, shot down all rumors of a reboot when he did a recent interview with Yahoo Movies.
“Yeah [we won’t reboot ‘Back To The Future’], as long as I have my say. No, that one exists just like ‘E.T.’ – we’re never touching those. I love watching it. But how about we almost got the Chicago Cubs victory right?!”
That was an extremely strange coincidence which has made many people think that a time travelling DeLorean actually exists somewhere. The Cubs, who are known for never winning, actually won the World Series in 2016, almost exactly a year after Back to the Future Part II predicted that they would win.
The Powers that Be Say No to a BTTF Remake
Murphy’s words echo those of writer Bob Gale, who told Yahoo Movies two years ago, that he didn’t see any merit in rebooting the franchise or adding a sequel.
“Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good, that lives up to the originals. I don’t think you can recapture it.”
There is no need to Reboot a Film that is All About Eighties Culture
Even though there have been several movie franchises that have struck gold by doing reboots, it is hard to imagine an updated version of Back to the Future. With multiple repeated jokes in the originals and many years of pop culture references in the three films, a rewrite over such iconic scenes such as the skateboard chase or reference to Calvin Klein underwear would be outdated.
The reason why the Back to the Future franchise is so memorable is that it features everything that was important in the eighties in three exciting films. That only makes the films more appealing to those who grew up during that era.
Fortunately, it seems as though the people who own the rights to the movies agree with the masses and they’re not looking to do a reboot of the films any time soon. Espcially since we are now in 2016, so there’s no point in going back to the future because, to quote Doc “We’ve already been there.”