With the success of the video game and the brand as strong as ever, is anyone else surprised we haven’t had a new ”Back to the Future” film?
Yeah, me too. But heck, I’m so glad one hasn’t come to fruition!
Again though, surprise right? What with Hollywood’s woody for everything ‘built-in audience’ right now? “Future” is one of the most recognizable film titles out there and yet, it’s never left Clayon ravine.
The ‘Will there be a Back to the Future 4?‘ question appears reguarly in my inbox. Since we kicked off the ‘Ask Clint’ column, it’s been asked twice – considering the column has only been running for 3 weeks, I’d say that suggests people are still beseeching a new, exciting answer. There isn’t one. Still, since I’m no doubt going to be asked and again – particuarly now that I work with Claudia Wells (‘Jennifer’) – I thought I’d do a bit of a piece on it here (tired of writing up the same answer again and again), and also tell you what I know as of today’s date (punch it into the ).
In short, the Michael J.Fox-less ”Back to the Future 4” we’re all dreading will never happen.
This isn’t so much a scoop as it is an assurance. Here’s the latest update and it’s nothing new : An old friend of mine now works at Pacific title, the company that did the opticals for the ”Back to the Future” films (and several others; I recall he was working on ”She’s Out of My League” last year), and is lucky enough to still be in touch with a few folks from the ”Back to the Future” days. What they’ve told him is that there won’t be a ”Back to the Future 4” – not “their” ”Back to the Future 4” anyway. “The Blu-ray did big bucks too. But we will never see Michael as Marty again” he said over email.
Now before you get scared and start to picture Chris Hemsworth running around in a life-presever back in “good old 1996” (Oh, the possibilities! “Ha Ha, look! Jeff Bridges made flops back then! White Squall anyone!? HaHa!”, “Hey Butthead, Is anybody home… or are they at a live-taping of Friends!”), this is what he means – there may have been talk of a CGI movie (a’la ”Stuart Little 3” – which was bloody awful, just for the record) and other ”Back to the Future” related projects – which, as I said above, isn’t surprising considering the success of the video games from Telltale and for due to the fact that the movie series remains as popular as ever – but Universal and Amblin aren’t doing a ”Back to the Future 4” because Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis don’t want them to. Their contract stipulates that they have to be advised and to agree upon anything related to the property. And as far as they’re – and most of us – are concerned, the story is over. Marty and Jennifer lived happily ever after… Doc gets to bonk an intellect in the backseat of a flying train… the remains of the Time Machine were melted down and moulded into obscure architecture. Will those other “Future” projects come to fruition? Maybe, depends if the Bob’s (love your work in “Office Space” guys!) approve of them.
At a Q&A event in Florida a couple of years ago, Gale explained why he doesn’t want to do a fourth “Back to the Future” film – for the few who are foolishly convinced the movie would be the shizzle. And it all begins with two words “Crystal Skull”.
“We’ve all seen, sometimes, where they make one too many sequels, and you say, ‘Maybe they shouldn’t have done that.’ I’m not going to name any names of movies, but you know what they are!” He added, “But more importantly, as I’m sure you all know, Michael J. Fox is not in the best of shape with his Parkinson’s. 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.’ You can’t do that.”
Now does all this mean Universal aren’t interested in doing another “BTTF”? Of course they are, and they may have even sneakily mentioned it in passing to former cast members, but again – no Bobs, no Backs.
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. He doesn’t think so, but he sounded open to the idea of a reboot.
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.”
Has a fourth “Back to the Future” film ever been considered? Yes, albeit briefly. Here’s what I wrote about the once proposed sequel in my 50 Sequels That Never Happened feature :
Yep, they were considering it at one time – if even briefly. 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!)
Meantime guys, be happy that we’ve got the games… and what cool games they are (I’m especially stoked that Claudia was asked back to reprise the role of Jennifer; she loved returning to the role), they’ve great plots and terrific visuals and… well, you’ll see, here’s the trailer for the latest game :
Here’s the closest thing you’ll ever get to a Marty n’ Doc reunion guys…
Here’s the full cast for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot!
Biggsy, The Dawson, Brodie, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Jericho… and many more!
Well, so far...
It’s been hard to keep up with the many casting announcements – usually outed by the mac-daddy himself, K.Smith, on Instagram – over on the “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”, which is currently filming in Louisiana. Under the direction of super-fit filmmaker Kevin Smith, the film sees the two hapless hangouts from your youth (Okay, my youth..) off on a trek to Hollywood to squish a reboot of ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ from getting made. The flick, unarguably my most anticipated of 2019’s arse end (well, it’s a close call between “Reboot” and “Terminator : Dark Fate”), is due in theaters in the fall.
So, anywho, in addition to Smith and Jason Mewes, back in pivotal first billed positions, the former has rounded up a lot of his old pals – and some new ones – to appear either briefly or extensively in the laffer. There’s current it-stars like Grant Gustin (aka “The Flash”), View Askew-staples like Jason Lee (as his “Mallrats” character – and maybe more?), and even hulkish “True Blood” alum Joe Manganiello. But that’s just the tip of the Peter Berg.
Before we get to the list, ‘what about Ben Affeck?’ I hear you ask..
No, he never did get rid of that thigh-rash caused by the Bat suit.
Oh, but in terms of this?
Yup, sounds like it’s gonna happen. Despite Affleck and Smith’s fractured relationship, the “Chasing Amy” and “Mallrats” star said he’d be up for making an appearance in his old friend’s ‘comeback’ flick.
“I haven’t been asked to make an appearance, but you never know, there’s still time”, Affleck said in a new interview. “We’ll see. I think if it was up to me, I would rather do Holden (from “Chasing Amy”) than Shannon (From “Mallrats”), but I would defer to Kevin.”
So, sounds goodablelikely, yah?
Here’s who else we can expect to see in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” – as of March 26.
reprising her role as ‘Justice’ from “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”
will play a Bailiff in a court room scene.
Harley Quinn Smith
Smith’s daughter will play Milly –
Smith, who occasionally directs episodes, has recruited “The Flash” star
Frankie Shaw will play the prosecutor in a court room scene.
Smith’s “Tusk” star plays a lawyer in the aforesaid scene
Is back as “Mallrats”‘ Brodie Bruce
Reunites with Smith as a Mooby’s employee
“Twin Peaks” star plays a nervous cop
Reprising Security Guard Gordon’ from “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”
The funnyman plays the judge in that abovesaid court room scene.
The “SNL” great plays an unspecified part.
Biggs is back as the “pie f***er” from “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”
James Van Der Beek
‘The Dawson’ is back to reprise his role from the earlier film.
It’s not a Smith flick without Dante Hicks!
Sheenan Cole, Mike R. Moreau, Verna Bendetta, Matt Westphalen, John C. Logan
play attendees at ‘Hollywood’ Comic-Con
he’s playing Legree in a scene
She’s playing a bailiff in a scene
He’s playing a Captain
Plays a new character called Soapy
Always good value, look for her as Shan Yu
Jake Richardson & Nickfehlinger
Back as the kids that brought the ‘weed’ in “Strike Back”
The radio host plays himself in the flick.
Mrs. Kevin Smith plays a Mooby’s employee in the film
The wrestling superstar is in the movie
Method Man & Redman
OK, now this cast is getting ti-iight!
Michael B.Jordan to play 400-year-old man!
“Harry Potter” producer David Heyman onboard “Highlander”-esque project
In-demand thesp Michael B.Jordan will star in Warner Bros’ “Methusaleh”.
Originally envisioned as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, the film tells of a man who has managed to survive for hundreds of years, without showing the physical signs of age. In that time, he has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills.
“Creed” star Jordan will produce the film – which will be re-developed especially for the actor – via his Outlier Society with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.
The “Highlander”-like fantasy is envisioned as a possible franchise.
Blumhouse rebooting The Craft
A new quartet to try out some spells!
A reboot of ’90s horror classic “The Craft” is in the works at Blumhouse.
The news hails from Production Weekly, who have Zoe Lister-Jones (“Band Aid”) writing and directing for a July 2019 start. Jason Blum, Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are the billed producers, with Daniel Casey on scripting duties with Lister-Jones.
According to the site, the new film features a quartet of new witches-in-training.
“A remake of the 1996 supernatural teen thriller. When starting at a new school, Hannah befriends Tabby, Lourdes, and Frankie & quickly becomes the fourth member of their Clique. Hannah soon learns that she somehow brings great power to the quartet.”
Robin Tunney, one of the stars of the 1996 film, previously spoke about what she believed what make a reboot or sequel successful.
“I feel like in order to make it seem culturally relevant, they need to do something [new] and do it quite well. They just can’t pick it up where it left off and it’s all of our kids or something,” Tunney pointed out. “Generations of people have watched it. It’s the idea of somebody just trying to monetize that and not caring if it’s good or not would be sad. I would love to do it if I thought it was going to be cool. I’m so proud of the fact that I was in a movie that has been loved by so many generations of people and watched at so many sleepovers. It’s an honor.”
- Here’s the full cast for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot!
- Apple reveal streaming service, new channels, app
- Dragged Across Concrete review : Gibson is back!
- Michael B.Jordan to play 400-year-old man!
- Blumhouse rebooting The Craft
- We nearly had a Josie and the Pussycats ‘Du Jour’ spin-off!
- Original Justice League plans called for Lois Lane’s death
- ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League does exist, director confirms
- William Sadler will return for Bill & Ted 3. Excellent!
- New Spider-Man: Far From Home posters revealed, sending our friendly neighbourhood hero global
- Us review : a hell of a night at the movies
- The Dirt review : fast-paced and not suitable for children
- Clueless cast reunite to celebrate 25th Anniversary!
- Trailer : Dora and the Lost City of Gold
- Junkie XL scoring new Terminator
Get Moviehole News Updates!
Exclusive : The Ewoks will return!
A small-screen series featuring the Empire-hating creatures could be on the way
Exclusive : Whigham, Shannon reunite for The Quarry
Duo previously co-starred in Paramount mini-series "Waco"
Exclusive : Blood Moon set for May start ; casting update
A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum
Exclusive : Conjuring up Bewitched remake details!
In contention for the 2020-2021 ABC line-up
Exclusive : The A-lister that could’ve had Batman after Affleck
Before the studio and Reeves decided to go for a younger actor
At the Movies
- Exclusives1 week ago
Exclusive : The Ewoks will return!
- Movie News1 week ago
Forrest Gump 2 writer explains why sequel was cancelled
- Movie News6 days ago
Stallone, Lundgren reunite for Tunisia-bound Expendables 4
- Movie News6 days ago
Paramount “extremely confident” in new Terminator
- Movie News1 week ago
And the official title for Coming to America 2 is….
- Movie News6 days ago
He-Man has been cast!
- Movie News4 days ago
Danny DeVito offers Twins sequel update
- Movie News2 weeks ago
Marvel corrects Avengers : Endgame poster after backlash