Unless you live under a rock, you know that we are living in the generation of reboots and remakes. This has proven to be good in some cases and bad in others. In Hollywood's mind, any film or TV series is fair game — except Back to the Future. At Wizard World Chicago last weekend the cast of the classic movie got together for a cast reunion panel where they answered fan questions and reflected on filming the hit sci-fi trilogy.
Mid-panel Back To The Future screenwriter Bob Gale interrupted with a special video panel for the Wizard World audience. He answered two of the questions he's asked most by fans: Will the films be remade or will they be rebooted? "NO!" said Gale. As long as he and co-writer Robert Zemeckis are alive, Back to the Future will remain a trilogy. However, this definite answer didn't quite sink in with fans.
When the Q&A portion of the panel arrived, star Michael J. Fox was asked who he thinks should play Marty McFly — if by chance the films are remade despite the writer's protest. While Michael couldn't think up an actor to replace him in the non-existent BTTF reboot, Marty himself did give quite an unexpected answer telling the audience "I could see Marty as a girl!"
Now that is heavy. Mary McFly — hey, it has a ring to it.
Gender Swapping: Is It Enough?
Whether or not you are intrigued by the idea of a reboot or remake of Back to the Future, there is no reason to think much on it. We know for a fact nothing is in the works or will be in the near future. But still, it's fun to imagine what a female lead Back to the Future could be like! Gender swapping iconic roles isn't a new idea in Hollywood. In fact, it's the most recent trend. However the move certainly doesn't guarantee a worthy remake.
The movement to give women more leading roles in film and TV is certainly worthwhile, and with blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games owning the box-office it seems to be working. Still, when it comes to well-known and beloved characters it can be an uncomfortable change at first for fans. Despite that, brave filmmakers and studios have pressed on with remakes such as the all-female Ghostbusters that recently hit theaters. The film got major backlash from fans disgruntled by the gender change and subsequently proved simply swapping the gender of an iconic role alone isn't enough.
Filmmakers need to take into consideration the film's core audience. While I am all for more females leading Hollywood, I also understand that not every role previously belonging to a male should be flipped to female. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Instead, why not create new and exciting roles for women to own in the first place?
While I've enjoyed a reboot or two (Jurassic World, The Force Awakens) and can't wait for the female lead Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Hollywood is in desperate need for original content and women are primed to take the leading roles more than ever. Actresses like Jennifer Lawrence are being paid more than their male co-stars proving they have the potential for major star power. Hollywood just needs to give them their own iconic franchises to lead instead of giving women nothing more than recycled material.
I'm by no means against gender swapping roles to give women the lead. In fact, I think the recently announced all-female Ocean's Eleven reboot is the best gender-swapping film Hollywood has announced yet. But one day we will run out of beloved roles in remakes to gender swap, and whatever will Hollywood do with its leading ladies then? Hopefully they'll be plenty busy pioneering their own original iconic characters making history in film long before then.
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