Now, this truly is a blast from the past! Today we've learned that there are plans in motion to turn Back To The Future into a stage musical!
That's right, fan site BTTF.com broke the news that and are working with Universal Stage Productions and 's Amblin Entertainment to bring everyone's favorite time-travelling saga to London's West End. According to BTTF.com, new songs will be written for the production, but it will also feature tunes from the films, including those by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams. It also seems the musical will coincide with a new book written by Zemeckis, Gale and Jamie Lloyd. But perhaps most exciting of all is news the production has brought on a skateboard consultant! Now we're talking!
Rumors of a Back To The Future Musical have been circulating for around a decade. Back in 2004, creator Bob Gale hinted that he'd love to see BTTF on the stage, and it seems he'll finally get his wish granted. This is what he had to say about the production:
The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.
Jamie Lloyd added:
I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie, Back to the Future, and I have been a huge fan ever since. I am thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical based on their masterful film, which has become embedded in our popular culture. Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience. Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard’s witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.
The Back to the Future Musical is due to arrive in the West End some time in 2015. Of course, this date is pretty important for Back To The Future enthusiasts. Firstly, it marks the 30 year anniversary of the franchise, and secondly, it's the year Marty visits in the future.
What do you think? Is this a great way to add to the franchise, or would you prefer if it just stuck with the films? Let us know below.