Here in 2016 we may not have hoverboards, rehydrated pizza, or flying cars, but visions from the eighties are still alive and well thanks to our obsession with nostalgia. Reboot and revival culture is thriving, as everything from Jurassic Park to Jumanji gets a modern facelift — complete with a large helping of CGI. For some franchises, this has meant new life and new fans (and, in the case of Star Wars, redemption for past mistakes), but there are some films we pray will never fall prey to Hollywood's hunger for reboots.
#BackToTheFuture is one of these movies. The time-travel romp is nothing short of iconic, and thanks to its enduring popularity — and occasional threats of a sequel — fans have been living in fear that we may have to suffer through a reboot of the beloved classic.
Well, you can turn those time circuits off because now we know we won't ever return to 1985. Like an arrow to the fuel line, producer Frank Marshall shot down the possibility of a reboot when speaking to Yahoo Movies.
"Yeah [we won’t reboot ‘Back To The Future’], as long as I have my say. No, that one exists just like ‘E.T.’ – we’re never touching those. I love watching it. But how about we almost got the Chicago Cubs victory right?!"
Bizarrely, the Cubs — who infamously never win, or even manage to compete in the National League — actually won the World Series in 2016, almost exactly a year after Back To The Future Part II predicted they would win. Too bad we didn't have an Almanac to tell us that.
Murphy's words echo those of writer Bob Gale, who told Yahoo Movies two years ago that he didn't see any merit in rebooting the franchise or adding a sequel.
"Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good, that lives up to the originals. I don’t think you can recapture it."
While some franchises have since struck the gold standard in sequel/reboots (look, The Force Awakens was really good, okay), it's difficult to imagine an updated version of Back To The Future. With multiple repeated jokes in the originals, and years of pop culture references to the trilogy, a retread over iconic scenes like the skateboard chase would feel very tired.
The charm of the Back To The Future trilogy is all wrapped up in the specific eighties aesthetic, and far from becoming outdated, this only makes the movies more appealing over time. A reboot could not hope to recreate this — either it would be set in the eighties, making it redundant (why not just rewatch the original?), or it would be set in modern day, which is frankly unimaginable.
Thankfully, it seems as though the people who own the property agree with us, and they're not keen on rebooting the franchise any time soon. Especially now we're in 2016, there's just no point in going back to the future because, as Doc said, we've "already been there".
Having said that, I'd watch the heck out of Jaws 19.
Would you watch a 'Back To The Future' reboot?
[Source: Yahoo Movies]