Break out the birthday candles and send someone out for a cake, because Back to the Future is now 30 years old! To celebrate this fact, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson all got together for a panel at London's Film and Comic-Con.
While sharing anecdotes about their time on the trilogy, Michael J. Fox also let it be known why he would never want to return to the franchise: the DeLorean. Although the time-traveling car has since become a beloved symbol of the movie, Fox had a bit more of an antagonistic relationship with the vehicle. He told the London Film and Comic-Con panel:
"I wish I had a video, a gag reel of how many times I was hit by that freakin’ door, the DeLorean door. Take after take, it would go, WHACK!
It was the worst thing to drive. It had two gears and I slammed the door, and my hand would smash into the flux capacitor. My hand would be bleeding, my head would be bleeding…and I had to clean it off to get to the Family Ties set."
Of course, there is a gag reel - although unfortunately we don't get to see Michael J. Fox being thwacked by the DeLorean. We do, however, get to see him struggling with a window, chainlink gate and bottle of alcohol. Check out the video below:
So, what would it take to get Fox back into the DeLorean? Well, he didn't go into specifics, but he did suggest it would be more money than anyone would be willing to pay. He added:
"The money it would take to get me back into the DeLorean again is a LOT."
Of course, ultimately a Back to the Future sequel or remake all depends on co-creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your opinion), it seems they're fairly adamant about leaving the Back to the Future Trilogy as it is. In fact, they'd both have to die before any studio can touch it. Zemeckis revealed:
"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. 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?'"
Although, I agree with Zemeckis, apparently there are fans out there who would like to see Back to the Future remade. Are you one of them?