I watched Back To The Future at the weekend with my family – it was my kids’ first time (they adored it, for those who are interested) – and I commented to my wife that surely it’s only a matter of time until it gets remade or rebooted.
It looks like I was wrong.
And I’m so happy to be wrong.
Robert Zemeckis, 63, director of the Back To The Future Trilogy, in a recent interview was asked if there will be a remake of iconic movies? His answer made him a hero at FTN (yet again):“Oh, God no, that can’t happen until both Bob [co-writer Bob Gale] and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.”
Not stopping there, he went on: “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?”
Given the recent trend of reboots, remakes and pointless sequels, that’s just what we are wondering as Ghostbusters, Big Trouble In Little China, Point Break and Robocop fans
In 2008 Zemeckis commented that remaking those movies was crazy: “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!”
Well, thankfully Zemeckis has some sense… it’s only a pity everyone else in Hollywood didn’t feel the same.