Will there be a Back to the Future 4?


I still can’t believe it has been 25 years since we were all rushing off to the cinema to see “Back to the Future”!? Was 1985 really that long ago? Does it not feel like yesterday this… and, for that matter… “Pretty in Pink”, “Dirty Dancing” and “Big” were all coming out? And remember how cheap it was to see all these movies!? 25 years? are you sure Mr. Movies? Well, then that can… surely this doesn’t mean we’re old getting old? Noooo! ….. right!?

We’re here in the states at the moment covering the “Back to the Future” junket in the big juicy Golden Delicious (or is it a Granny Smith? West 51st street does resemble one at times) which happens Monday. Whilst we don’t dare ask the “Will there be a Back to the Future 4?” question (Bob Zemeckis is known to spank!) to any of the powers that be on the day, Coming Soon already have! Props for going there without Armour!


“I think three is a good number to end on,” Zemeckis, who’s long resisted reviving the franchise, told the website. “Three is enough.”

“The story is closed,” confirmed screenwriter Bob Gale. “When Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s we said ‘Come on. Who wants to see a Back to the Future movie if Michael J. Fox isn’t it?’ I don’t. He didn’t. Nobody does.”

Christopher Lloyd is a little more open to the idea (suggesting maybe he’ll reprise Doc Brown for some sort of spin-off in the future, perhaps?) saying, “There’s always talk, you know, but we’ll see”.

About 5 or 6 years ago Moviehole spoke to star Michael J.Fox and asked him whether or not he thinks there’ll ever be a fourth film in the series.

Fox said, “I’m 44-years-old now and I’m not interested in running around on skateboards!” he said. “I think after 1, 2 and 3 we all kind of felt we had done it. And I think if they did it again now they would do it with a younger cast and just do a different realisation of it, which would be fun.”

Apparently Fox still feels the same way – he would be happy to watch a new “Back to the Future” film, he just doesn’t want to be in it.

In Clint’s recent 50 Sequels that Never Happened feature he brought up the topic of “Back to the Future 4″ and how, you may recall, one was said to be in the works around 1999.

”Yep, they were considering it at one time – if even briefly”, Clinty wrote. “Rumour has it that Ed Solomon had been commissioned to write treatments both ”Back to the Future” 4 and 5, the former of which would fix on Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) inadvertently causing the UFO crash in Roswell. Marty McFly (Michael J.Fox) would be replaced by a plucky female scientist (The frontrunner for the role was said to be ”Buffy”’s Sarah Michelle Gellar) who, in this particular two-part adventure, is charged with the task of helping ‘Doc’ set things right.

“Despite handing in his treatments for the two flicks, Solomon was never contracted to write the sequels. Either Uni came to their senses (considering they’re apparently still interested in continuing the franchise, it’s unlikely)… or, as is likely more the case, the brains trust behind the films did (“Back to the Future” co-writer Bob Gale has said in the past that they’d never do another “Back to the Future” movie without Michael J.Fox, so he may have played roadblock. “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”, Gale said. “You can’t do that.” Too right!)”

I think we’ll have to be happy with the three “Back to the Future” films we’ve got!

….And of course this commercial for a U.S cable network from a couple of years ago…

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Alicia Malone is a Film Reporter, TV Host, Producer, Writer, Editor, and all around movie geek. She developed her taste for film at a young age, spending many a heady Friday night pajama-clad at the video store, picking out her 7 films for 7 days for $7. Bargain! While at school she created a Film Club, electing herself President. Eventually the School Principal asked her not to get up in assembly to talk about movies anymore.