Great Scott! Back To The Future, the classic time travel film from 1985 is coming back, but not as a sequel or reboot. It will return just in time for its 30th anniversary but this time as a musical.
The films director and producer, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are currently working with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked and Billy Elliot), London-based producer Colin Ingram (Ghost – The Musical) and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to develop a stage musical version of their hit film.
The musical will include all the classic tracks from the film such as The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis and The News as well as brand new songs.
Bob Gale first publicly hinted at the idea of a Back to the Future musical nearly ten years ago while making a guest appearance at the biennial DeLorean Car Show & Convention in June 2004. Having already denied any further films in the series, he was asked if there was any other medium he would consider taking Back To The Future. Bob replied,
“Now actually what Bob and I’ve talked about — we can’t do it because we don’t know how to do this kind of thing — but you know how they bring back movies as Broadway musicals? It seems like Back to the Future would make a great Broadway show. So someday, maybe that’ll happen. That’s something I’d like to see.”
The project has been kept secret until now and the plan is to release the show in London for 2015 before taking across the atlantic to Broadway.Bob Gale says,
“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. 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.”
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