Last year, fans celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the iconic classic Back to the Future, with Universal Pictures bringing the hit movie back to theaters for a limited time. In this day and age of countless reboots and remakes, fans were reassured that Back to the Future will not get rebooted, at least not for many years. Last June, director Robert Zemeckis revealed that it was impossible for Universal Pictures to reboot the franchise without the approval of the director and writer Bob Gale, but today we have word that producer Frank Marshall won't let it happen either.
The original contracts both Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale signed with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment give the director and writer final say on any Back to the Future movies until they die. While it seems unlikely that either filmmaker will die anytime soon, at least fans can be assured that Frank Marshall will be there to stop any proposed remake, claiming that they will never "touch" the Back to the Future movies. Here's what the producer had to say in his 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?!"
The producer was referring to the Chicago Cubs' World Series win last month, breaking a 108-year championship drought. The feat was almost perfectly predicted by the 1989 sequel Back to the Future Part II, when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) visited the year 2015, where he learned that the Cubs had finally won the World Series. As it turns out, this incredible prediction was off by just one year.
There were rumors that Steven Spielberg was planning remakes of Back to the Future, which he produced, and another one of his beloved classics, Jaws. That report surfaced after the director was planning on moving DreamWorks to Universal, and while that move did actually happen, the portion of the report that claimed the filmmaker was getting behind Back to the Future and Jaws reboots was never confirmed. Steven Spielberg has always had his offices on the Universal Pictures lot, even while his DreamWorks company had distribution deals with Paramount and Disney.
Last year's 30th Anniversary celebration proved that there is still a rabid fan base for the original movie and its sequels. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd returned as Marty McFly and Doc Brown for a new short film, while Nike unveiled their self-lacing sneakers from the sequel Back to the Future Part II. There was also a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray set, a fake trailer for the "sequel" Jaws 19 and a massive cast reunion Q&A that drew in over 2,000 fans. While it's certainly clear that Back to the Future is one of the most cherished movies of all time, the filmmakers who brought this story to life will do whatever they can to prevent a needless reboot.