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‘Back To The Future’ Turns 30, But Don’t Expect A Reboot In Your Lifetime

Thu, July 2, 2015 10:28am EDT by Add first Comment
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Well, we feel conflicted. ‘Back to the Future’ turns 30 (!) years old today, but sadly, that doesn’t mean an anniversary revival is anywhere on the horizon.

Back to the Future came out in 1985 (yes, you are old), and it has us feeling all nostalgic about one of our fav movies of all time. Because nothing that’s dead stays dead these days, we have to wonder whether a reboot, revival or sequel might be in store for us. Sadly, the film’s director, Robert Zebecks, pretty much put the kibosh on our dreams before they’d even begun.


Robert is just one of two people who hold the creative rights to the film in their possession (the other being the movie’s co-writer Bob Gale). So, would he ever authorize a continuation of the iconic flick in some way? “Oh God no,” he told The Telegraph.

“That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead,” he added. “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?”

Robert also admitted that he knows a remake would pretty much be a guaranteed success because of the original, which starred Michael J. Fox, but he still isn’t willing to sign off on it. “Pre-sold title, that’s the reason,” he said. “But can you imagine them getting skewered?”

Honestly, while we would of course be thrilled with more Back to the Future, we totally see Robert’s point. It was absolute perfection the first time around, so let’s just leave it as such, no?

What do you guys think? Would you want to have a Back to the Future reboot or should the film be left as is in history?

— Casey Mink