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Back To The Future Was Never Supposed To Have A Sequel, And Here’s Why

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BTTFendingI remember how amazing the ending of the original Back to the Future was back in good old 1985. Not only had we just sat through a thrilling and hilarious film that felt like an instant classic, but then Doc shows up in a crazy outfit, telling Marty and Jennifer they’ve got to go deal with their kids. In the future. In a goddamn flying car. It was like writer/director Robert Zemeckis leaned in and said, “You liked that, did you? Well, check this shit out!” But it turns out that unforgettable closing scene wasn’t actually intended to set up a sequel at all.

With Back to the Future 2’s target future of 2015 only a month away, the folks at Uproxx decided to dig into the history of the franchise, including the fact that BTTF was never intended as a franchise starter. Speaking to Empire Magazine way back in 2010, Zemeckis said:

We’d never designed the first Back to the Future to have a sequel. The flying car at the end was a joke, a great payoff. We thought this would be really hard to unravel and do again. But when you make a movie that’s as successful as Back to the Future, it becomes this piece of corporate real estate. It becomes bigger than you as a filmmaker. You’re basically given a decision: we’re making a sequel, do you want to be involved in it or not?

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This Amazing Back To The Future Screening Will Make You Insanely Jealous

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We’ve written about Secret Cinema’s special public screenings of Back to the Future a couple of times this year, about how they’re supposed to be amazing, and how they’re bringing the show stateside in 2015. They sounded cool, but we all like to go see screenings of our favorite film, so our reaction was along the lines of, “Oh, that could be fun, but we’re not super excited about it.” Yeah, that was until we saw this video of the event, and holy crap, this is way more than just watching the movie outside, this is an entire immersive experience, and it look super badass.

This is a collection of footage from the Back to the Future screenings held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London last summer from July through August, and it looks incredible. You don’t see anything here that we haven’t already read about, but witnessing it in action, even in a YouTube video, gives you a sense of the true scope and scale of this event. You start to understand exactly how these screenings helped the movie jump back into the box office top ten almost 30 years after its original theatrical release. An event like this is worth ponying up for.

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Watch Tony Hawk Ride A Hoverboard, For Real This Time

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For those of us who have been waiting for a real hoverboard since we first saw Back to the Future Part II all the way back in 1989, the wait is over. We first wrote about the Hendo Hover towards the end of last month, and now we’ve got our best look at it yet, taken for a test spin by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. And yes, that’s just as awesome as it sounds. Check out the video for yourself.

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The Beautifully Simple Reason You’ll Never See Back To The Future 4

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Back to the FutureEverything comes back around, sometimes a couple of times if we’re talking about lack of Hollywood originality. We may get a Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3, this past summer saw yet another Godzilla reboot, and there’s reportedly a Knight Rider movie on the way, as well as another Jurassic Park film (both starring Chris Pratt, by the way) and Ghostbusters, among countless others. And while we do wind up liking some of these movies, and eagerly anticipate others, it’s nice to know that some things can and will be left alone. One of these rare instances is, apparently, Back to the Future, and we don’t have to worry about running into Back to the Future 4 anytime soon. Thank god.

Even though the third one was better than most movies, it’s still the weakest link in the trilogy, and people have been salivating over a new one ever since 1990. (Even at 13-years-old, and seeing the movie with a broken hand on opening night—I refused to go to the doctor until after I saw Back to the Future Part 3—I knew walking out of the theater, it was probably better to hope that this was the end.) Talking to Yahoo, Bob Gale, who co-wrote and co-produced each of the three Back to the Future movies, revealed why there will never be a BttF 4, and reason is beautiful in its simplicity.

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How Doc Brown’s Cameo In A Million Ways To Die In The West Came To Be

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Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West was…lets just call it underwhelming. There were moments sprinkled throughout, but overall, it left much to be desired, even for fans of his trademark crass humor. That said, there was one particularly inspired scene involving an unexpected time travelling cameo from Back to the Future Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown, and as the movie just hit Blu-ray and DVD yesterday, there is this new behind the scenes video that details exactly how this came to be.

This video comes from our dear, dear friends at Cinema Blend, and shows MacFarlane and the producers detailing just how this came to be. Set on the American frontier in the 1880s, A Million Ways to Die may be outlandish and foul-mouthed in a way you don’t usually associate with period westerns, but the world is consistent for the most part, with this one exception. But, as is pointed out in this video, you can squeak it in with the time travel element, after all, this is precisely when the bulk of the action in Back to the Future Part 3 goes down.

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Back To The Future Documentary Breaks Down The Opening Scene

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Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future turns 30 in 2015, which sounds impossible, but even at the three decade mark it’s aged incredibly well and totally holds up to repeat viewings, while still serving as an artifact of the time. Part of why is maintains its integrity is because it’s just a sound, fundamentally strong film, all the way down to the bare mechanics. A short new documentary takes part of this, the opening shot, and breaks it down into its parts.

Jamie Benning has made his short, making-of “filmumentaries” for a while, and has covered the likes of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars, and he recently turned his attention to BttF. In this video, he talks to special effects supervisor Kevin Pike, and listens to him tell the story of how this one, single, long take came into existence.

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