Great Scott! Almost 30 years after its release and Back to the Future is still a pop culture phenomenon. The trilogy that sparked the imagination of filmmakers, engineers, and fans is arguably the best film trilogy of all time, surpassing Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Matrix, and Lord of the Rings. While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get Back to the Future Part IV, or god forbid a remake, a new iteration of the time travel franchise will make its way to the London stage.
As reported on /Film, creators Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working to bring Back to the Future to London’s West End as a musical. The two are reportedly working with Amblin Entertainment and Universal Stage Productions to bring Back to the Future to the stage. Universal Stage Productions previously worked on the musical adaptations of Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz and Billy Elliot, which debuted on Broadway and in the West End, respectively. From Bob Gale (via BTTF.com):
We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. 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. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.