'Back To The Future' musical to debut in 2015 (Poll)
You may not get those hover boards, but you may get to see Marty McFly sing.
A stage musical adaptation of the cult 1980s time travel movie "Back To The Future" has been announced and is set to debut on London's West End theatre district in 2015, the year the film, part of a trilogy, celebrates its 30th anniversary. The cast has not yet been announced.
Michael J. Fox plays McFly, a high schooler and rock musician who uses a time machine, invented by scientist friend Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, to travel from the present, 1985, to 1955. He runs into his teenage parents. The sequel takes him and Brown to 2015, where skateboards are airborne, and the third movie brings them to the Old West in 1885.
Screenwriter Bob Gale, who wrote the trilogy, told BBC News that the musical will be "true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake."
"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," he said. "We can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film."
In the first "Back To The Future" movie McFly ends up taking his mom to the "Enchantment Under The Sea" dance. He performs on stage the 1958 Chuck Berry rock n' roll hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the students (who will not hear the recording until three years later). The evening also sees a band performing the 1954 Penguins' ballad "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)."
Gale told the UK newspaper The Daily Mail that he and director Robert Zemeckis had met with London-based director Jamie Lloyd and producer Colin Ingram and that they had decided to work with "the Brits" because "they're seeing our material through slightly different cultural eyes."
Lloyd told BBC News that "Back To The Future" musical would "include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience".
Did you know? The part of Marty McFly originally went to Eric Stoltz, who filmed the movie for five weeks before the role was recast. Footage of him acting in the diner scene with Crispin Glover (Marty's dad George) was included in the 25th anniversary version of the movie's DVD.