Robert Zemeckis Will Not Let Anyone Remake 'Back to the Future'
Phew! Finally, I don't have to write "another day, another remake" because this definitely ain't happening anytime soon. In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, director Robert Zemeckis revealed his rather frank thoughts on remaking his beloved sci-fi movie Back to the Future. "Oh, God no… That can't happen until both Bob and I are dead," Zemeckis said, referring to his co-writer Bob Gale. With Hollywood turning to franchises and old brands more and more these days, it's a legitimate topic for discussion, and I'm glad someone asked him about this. Zemeckis is currently finishing The Walk (which looks great), and has previously written off the possibility of BTTF 4. So long as he stays true to his word, it will all be okay.
Here's the full quote from Zemeckis in the paper; thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this. Zemeckis says:
"Oh, God no," the 63-year-old director told the Telegraph, when asked if – as one of the two rights holders to the original film, along with co-writer Bob Gale – he would ever consider signing off on a remake.
"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?"
Indeed. Why would anyone do that? Alas, the answer to that question is: money. They know that this name will bring in tons of money, no matter how bad the new movie is or how disconnected it is from the original trilogy. Like Zemeckis even says himself, "I'm sure they'll do it." One day soon, somehow, some way, they (meaning: Hollywood) are going to figure out how to make even more money off of BTTF. Just because they can. I'm glad Zemeckis is planning everything he can to fight back. This is one of the few times I'm actually okay with an estate pushing back as much as it can, because Back to the Future is indeed a perfect trilogy of sci-fi films that needn't be touched. I'm sure most can agree with that, maybe even a few Hollywood execs.