There are certain films that are sacrosanct and simply should not be remade. Whilst much of the 1980s has been plundered for potential material to remake, one film series that has not undergone a reboot has been Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future” trilogy which has its 30th anniversary this week.
Speaking with The Telegraph today, Zemeckis revealed that Universal Pictures can’t remake or reboot the films without permission from both himself and screenwriter Bob Gale due to their original contracts with Universal and Amblin Entertainment. So would he ever agree to one?
“Oh, God no. That can’t happen until both Bob 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?”
Zemeckis does say that were a remake to happen it would probably be a success, but he couldn’t see it happening without Michael J. Fox’s involvement: “The idea of making another Back to The Future movie without Michael J. Fox – you know, that’s like saying, ‘I’m going to cook you a steak dinner and I’m going to hold the beef.'”