‘Back To The Future’ cannot be remade in writer and director’s lifetime

Director Robert Zemeckis says a remake of his 1985 sci-fi classic would be 'insanity'

Back To The Future director Robert Zemeckis has revealed that Hollywood can’t attempt a remake until he and the film’s screenwriter Bob Gale are both dead.

Zemeckis directed the 1985 sci-fi classic starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, as well as its two sequels, which followed in 1989 and 1990. Gale penned the scripts for all three films based on stories he devised with Zemeckis, and the pair jointly own the rights to the iconic franchise.

With the original film approaching its 30th anniversary on July 3, Zemeckis was asked if he would ever consider a remake, and told The Telegraph: “Oh, God no. 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.”

The director then added: “I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”

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Zemeckis and Gale received an Oscar nomination for their screenplay to the original 1985 Back To The Future film. The franchise has since spawned an animated series, theme park ride, several video games and a forthcoming West End musical. Keith Lemon will host a Back To The Future tribute show on ITV2 later this year.