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…
A League of Their Own 2 in the works?
Original writer reveals there’s a story for a follow-up
Hot on the heels of Geena Davis’s enthusiastic response a few days ago when asked whether she’d be down for a sequel to her ’90s gem “A League of Their Own”, Kelly Candaele, who came up with the story for the 1992 money-spinner, reveals he’s keen too.
Candaele, whose mother Helen Callaghan played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, tells The L.A Times that there’s even a story for one.
In his take, Dottie (Davis’s character) would be coaching a high school girls softball team.
“It’s set around 1990 so the impact of Title IX, which allowed women equal access to athletic opportunities, is taking hold. Through a series of events, Dottie ends up coaching a high school girls softball team — taking over from a nitwit male coach. She recruits three of her former teammates – including Kit — to help her out. It’s really a story about how older women teach younger women about life lessons during some difficult social changes. Of course the title is “There’s No Crying in Baseball.”
No word if the story has yet caught the eye or interest of studio execs yet (and at last count, seems they were doing a TV reboot instead).
Candaele’s documentary, also titled “A League of Their Own”, and about his mother’s years as a professional baseball player in the 1940s, was awarded an Emmy as part of a public television series. He would later go on to write the story for the Columbia Pictures movie, which Penny Marshall helmed. In addition to Davis, the film starred Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Tracey Reiner, Ann Cusack and Jon Lovitz.
Will Rufus be recast in Bill & Ted 3?
Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, answers the question
Alex Winter, one-half of Wild Stallions, took to Twitter today to denounce rumors that George Carlin’s character Rufus might be recast of the upcoming third “Bill & Ted” movie.
Carlin, who played the memorable time-traveling guide in the original films with Winter and co-star Keanu Reeves, sadly passed away in 2008.
Rather than fill the role with another actor (as one punter below suggests), “Bill & Ted Face the Music” will likely play homage to Carlin and his character but not fill the slot.
Kevin is an awesome fella but we are not recasting Rufus. That is not a character one can recast. https://t.co/wYcntJMgnb
— Alex Winter (@Winter) May 22, 2019
One face from the earlier films – well, the sequel – will be back for another go-round : William Sadler is returning as ‘Death’.
The film, which will reportedly see Bill & Ted having to write the greatest song ever, one that will save ‘the universe’, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.
Production is set to begin this summer on the film with Dean Parisot at the helm.
Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker new images, new info, new hope!
A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning!
A Hutt’s allotment of “Star Wars” ‘portions’ arrived this morning with the reveal of some gorgeous new imagery, info and an all-encompass article on “The Rise of Skywalker” – from the pages of Vanity Fair.
In addition to the glittering assortment of images below – that’s Keri Russell under the helmet, by the way; doesn’t she look killer!?! – the article also gives us out first looks at Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant’s characters, as well as the return of some welcome favorites (Luke! Lando!). Per the article, JJ Abrams-fave Russell is Zorri Bliss, a scoundrel posing in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi, Ackie is rebel warrior Jannah who, atop an orbak, helps lead the charge against the ‘baddies’, while Oscar nominee Grant is new First Order employee Allegiant General Pryde.
Sources at Disney confirm for the outlet that the Knights of Ren (pictured below) appear in the movie. “And then he had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Adam Driver, back as the iniquitous Kylo Ren, says, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship, or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”
Anthony Daniels’ C-3P0, a character that has appeared in every “Star Wars” film since 1977’s “A New Hope”, has a surprising arc in the film by sounds.
Daniels tells the magazine that the opinionated droif does something in this movie that surprises everybody—but he wouldn’t say what. “He keeps his clothes on. It’s not like he suddenly does this thing, but …”
There’s also the return of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Callrisian, last seen partying with the Ewoks in “Return of the Jedi”.
“He’s a survivor. It’s expediency for him,” Williams says. “You know, he was thrown into a situation which he didn’t look for and he had to try to figure out how to deal with an entity which is more than just a human.” And, he adds, with the weary air of somebody who has spent way too much time justifying the behavior of a fictional character, “nobody died!”
The article, which also states that it picks up about a year after the events of “The Last Jedi” (gives everyone time to warm up after spending so much time on the ice), states Billie Lourd insisted on having more scenes with her late mother Carrie Fisher.
“And so, there are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams says. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked. And I never thought it would.”
The article can be found here.
“Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker” opens December 20.
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