Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future (1985)
While many fans of the Back to the Future franchise will always hold out a little hope to get a fourth entry into the series. Over the years we’ve heard bits and pieces of something getting started, but the information never even amounted to the level of a rumor.
The man who co-wrote the original film, Bob Gale, is holding the keys to the DeLorean and has no plans to give them to anyone. He leaves no doubts about his feelings on continuing the franchise. Gale recently appeared on The ColliderPodcast, You can check out what he had to say below
“We told a complete story with the trilogy. If we went back and made another one, we’d have Michael J. Fox, who will be sixty next year, and he has Parkinson’s Disease. Do we want to see Marty McFly at age sixty with Parkinson’s Disease? Did we want to see him at age fifty with Parkinson’s Disease? I would say ‘No, you don’t want to see that.’
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And you don’t want to see Back to the Future without Michael J. Fox. People say, ‘Well, do it with somebody else.’ Really? Who are you going to get? All you’re gonna do is beg comparisons to the originals, and you’re not going to match up. And we’ve seen this repeatedly with sequels that go back to the well after many, many years, and they go ‘Ah, well, The Phantom Menace, maybe my life would have been better if I hadn’t seen it.’ There are a lot of extra sequels like that.
We didn’t want to be those guys who did a movie that was basically a moneygrab. Universal says to us, ‘You’d guys would make a whole lot of money,’ but we’re like, ‘Well, we’ve already made a whole lot of money with these movies, and we like them just the way they are. And as proud parents, we’re not going to sell our kids into prostitution.’”
I do see where Gale is coming from (the last line up there is a bit much I’d say), I absolutely do. I find his position to preserve his work as is admirable. However, I disagree to some extent. This could be done without hurting the legacy of the original three films. I say this holding the original Back to the Future as one of the best films ever made. We don’t need a fourth film, we need a reboot.
Hold on, hear me out.
Tell Doc and Marty’s story again, set in another universe with changes here and there, so that viewers won’t know how the story ends. I’m telling you, Tom Holland would be absolutely perfect for Marty McFly. As for Doc, assuming Christopher Lloyd would be willing and able, absolutely, get Lloyd. If not, I would have to think about casting the role.
Christopher Lloyd will always be the Doc, as Michael J. Fox will always be McFly. That doesn’t mean we can’t have more time-traveling adventures in the DeLorean.
However what Gale says below pretty much closes the conversation, at least for now.
“We have an understanding with Spielberg and Amblin that there would never be another Back to the Future movie without our blessing or being involved. So it’s not going to happen.”
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