1985 to Return in 2015 for a Back to the Future Musical

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It’s been announced today that classic 80s sci-fi movie Back to the Future is to be reimagined as a West End musical, which will debut in 2015, marking the film’s 30th anniversary.

The upcoming musical remake will be written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, the writers and director of the original movie. British theatre director Jamie Lloyd is also attached. Said Lloyd, “I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie and I have been a huge fan ever since.”

According to him, the production will include:

“illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience.”

Like Lloyd, Bob Gale has seemingly emphasised the importance of stage effects, speaking of the possibilities that have been opened up for live performance in recent years:

“We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

5491396709_a8f59d6165_zThe new music mentioned here will be written and composed by Glen Ballard along with Alan Silvestri, who has written scores for many of Zemeckis’s films such as Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Ballard, meanwhile, is a six-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, lyricist and producer who has worked with an impressive range of popular music artists.

The project is described by Gale as being “true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake”, and will hopefully serve as a reminder to all the obviously slacking scientists and engineers out there that they’ve only got a year left to provide us with the hoverboards and flying cars we’re all still waiting for.

Sadly, there’s no word yet on who will be starring in the show, but it’s probably safe to assume that it won’t be the now 52-year-old Michael J. Fox, who sticks mainly to voice-over work and cameo roles these days. It’s also unclear whether there are also adaptations of the movie’s sequels in the pipeline. What we do know, however, is that Andrew Willis (whose Hackney Wick skatepark engineering video you may have seen on YouTube) has been given the fantastic sounding title of “Skateboard Consultant“.

So, one to look forward to or something to avoid? Give us your verdict in the comments below.

Source:  BBC News | Den of Geek | The Mary Sue

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