Four Old Friends Get “Back From The Future”

The cast of Back To The Future were reunited at a fan convention recently with Lea Thompson, who plays Michael J. Fox’s mother in the film, snapping a picture for her Instagram fans. Christopher Lloyd, who plays Doc Brown, also shared the picture, saying it was a “special” moment.

Back To The Future cast reunited

Photo: Lea Thompson

Of course, the question of a sequel was brought up as Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Thomas Wilson all took part in a panel discussion at the Fan Expo Boston convention. Wilson joked: “Basically, I think America is saying, ‘Come on they’ve wrecked every other franchise with bad sequels, why not this one? C’mon, we would watch it until it sucks.'”

But it’s unlikely to happen. At least as long as the trilogy’s creators – Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale – are alive.

Zemeckis told The Telegraph newspaper in 2015 that unless he and Gale agreed to a reboot or sequel it couldn’t happen because they own the rights.

“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.”

Fellow producer Frank Marshall echoed their thoughts. “As long as I have my say [it’s safe]. That one exists just like ET – we’re never touching those,” said Marshall in an interview with Yahoo Movies.

Alongside an assortment of other Hollywood classics like The Exorcist, Jaws and The Godfather, Back to the Future has a “mightier than thou” status positioning it above the lazy, cash-in reboot market. But a recent poll suggested a majority would like to see one.

Yet, despite how eager a lazy studio exec might now be to look up original Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis’ telephone number, a reboot thankfully won’t be happening.

That’s not to say it isn’t great tot see the original cast back together again. Lea Thompson, who played Marty’s mother, shared the picture of the cast on Instagram and said: “Four old friends get back from the future.”

Christopher Lloyd shared the photo with the comment, “This was special”, and Thomas Wilson, best known for playing multiple versions of villain Biff, said: “Wow. This just happened.”

Amilia Totten
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    Mark Fraser Reply

    “Alongside an assortment of other Hollywood classics like The Exorcist, Jaws and The Godfather, Back to the Future has a “mightier than thou” status positioning it above the lazy, cash-in reboot market. But a recent poll suggested a majority would like to see one.”

    Above the reboot market perhaps, but none of them were above the lazy bad sequel market back in their day. Maybe they should be remade (The Exorcist already has been tackled with that Gina Davis-led TV series a few years back) – a few people could make some good money.

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      Dan Reply

      Very true. But I think where Back To The Future slightly differentiates itself from Jaws and The Exorcist (not so much The Godfather) is how the sequels complemented each other, and while done from a perspective of earning more box office dollars, had the qualities of films that didn’t feel like lazy cash-ins.

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