Writer Explains Why Back To The Future 4 Will NEVER Happen

Ben Falk
UK Senior Movies Writer

The co-writer and producer of the ‘Back To The Future’ trilogy has revealed that there will never be another screen version of the movie classic.

Despite being courted by the studios to revive the franchise, Bob Gale tells Yahoo he’s not interested.

“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,” he says. “That lives up to the originals. I don’t think you can recapture it.”

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Gale wrote the script for the three films with Robert Zemeckis, who also directed.

“We’re not going to do Director’s Cuts or make a 3D version or change the special effects. People love them the way they are, we think they’re really good. Let’s not mess with it.”

Instead, the pair are working on a ‘Back To The Future’ musical, which is currently in pre-production. Gale will write the book, the trilogy’s composer Alan Silvestri is doing the music, while pop producer Glen Ballard is working on the lyrics.

“I don’t know when that’s going to be ready,” admits Gale. “It was announced to come out in 2015 – it won’t come out then. We’re not going to put it out there until we absolutely love it ourselves. We decided to do that, rather than reboot the movie, or do another sequel.”

The writer/producer attended Secret Cinema’s ‘BTTF’ event this summer three nights in a row (“let’s hope they do it again”), where no doubt he had to put up with the endless questions he’s asked about the anomalies of time travel. Not that he worries about it.

“We don’t fret about any of that stuff – it’s a movie,” he says. “People would say to us, ‘how come you put Lea Thompson in Part III and she’s the great-great-grandmother?’ We said there’s two reasons. If you want the time-travel reason, that would be the McFly men are attracted to women who look like Lea Thompson. If you want the practical reason, the idea we’d make a ‘Back To The Future’ movie and not put Lea in it is insane!”

Finally, we’re going to ask you again: are you absolutely sure about ‘Back To The Future’ not returning to cinemas? Those cheques they waved in front of your face must have been really large?

“We don’t need the money,” says Gale. “If we had serious debts, it might be different!”

The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection is out now on Blu-ray.

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