Robert Zemeckis Will Not Let Anyone Remake 'Back to the Future'

June 30, 2015

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.

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I wish all the original owners of these classics had this type of backbone. Great job Robert!

Rock n Rollllll on Jun 30, 2015



Jon Odishaw on Jun 30, 2015


I've always been concerned about BTTF being remade. So unnecessary!! Great news to see. Don't let it happen Zemeckis!! (or Gale)

Joker's hideout on Jun 30, 2015


My respect to this great filmmaker. Pity other filmmakers aren't this committed to their work.

capitandelespacio on Jun 30, 2015


Sweet Jeezus, thank you!!!

theslayer5150 on Jun 30, 2015


You may have the greatest online name in the history of the net!! Bravo!!

Bill Lange on Jul 2, 2015


Good to see that some people in Hollywood still have their head on. i think Poltergeist was another example of how stupid and unnecessary these remakes are.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Jun 30, 2015


This is gold. The overabundance of remakes is suffocating.

Jorrell Mcdaniel on Jun 30, 2015


Thank youi Mr. Zemecki, enough of my child hood films have been ruined by cash grab remakes. Leave BttF alone.

Brian Sleider on Jun 30, 2015


good man!

ColtNoir on Jun 30, 2015


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Vicenta0726 on Jun 30, 2015


Good somethings should be left the FUCK ALONE!!!!

silentjay on Jun 30, 2015


Thank you Robert, thank you.

Zed68 on Jun 30, 2015


Great! 😀

MLTC on Jun 30, 2015


Probably the best news I'll read all day

Simon Coulton on Jun 30, 2015


Now that's a fella with class.

grimjob on Jun 30, 2015


Finally some common sense

F. Ewe on Jun 30, 2015


He may be past his prime, but Zemeckis has his on right!

DAVIDPD on Jun 30, 2015


It would also be good if there were was no mention of Back to the Future ever again.

Carpola on Jul 2, 2015


Thank you!! It's about time somebody has the balls to say no to a dump truck full of cash and let a great trilogy live as what it was and not allow it to get ruined (can you see this George Lucas?).

Bill Lange on Jul 2, 2015


I was thinking it would be done with Will Smith... Doc: You gotta come back with me Will Will: Back where? Doc: Back to the future Will: Why, do we become assholes or something? Doc: No, it's your kids Will, something's got to be done about your kids

player2aj on Jul 3, 2015


Well, good!

Mark Brackney on Jul 4, 2015


Agree. Perfect trilogy. At least these two know whats up.

MaqueeStalker on Jul 15, 2015


I will probably get a lot of hate on this but...Although this is probably my all time favorite trilogy, I would not be against it being remade. I mean, it's absolutely perfect the way that it is but I would definitely watch a remake. I would hope that they stuck to the script as much as possible and kept true to the original but it would be cool to see it take place in 2015 and they travel back further in time and further into the future. I just love time travel movies and this could( if done correctly) be the best remake of all time! I mean, with modern effects and technology this could be great.

chad_20040 on Oct 11, 2015

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