What do you do when you’re an aging filmmaker who doesn’t really want to go through all the trouble to make movies anymore, but still likes making money? You cannibalize your past successes, of course. It has worked for George Lucas and now it’ll probably work for Robert Zemeckis.
Zemeckis has made more than his share of great films over the course of his career, but there’s none more iconic than Back to the Future. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear that he’s finding new ways to make money off of it. Luckily he hasn’t given in and done a remake yet, but he may do a musical.
That’s right, a Back to the Future musical.
Deadline says Zemeckis has already been talking with his BTTF co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri about transferring the movie’s story to the stage. Could it work? Maybe. It can’t be any worse than Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.
There is something inherently musical in Marty McFly’s story, but if they turn it into a play it might be more fun to change things up, maybe by telling it from someone else’s perspective. I’ve already got the movie, I don’t need to see that story again. What about Back to the Future told from the perspective of Biff Tannen? It worked for Wicked.
As long as it doesn’t end up anything like this…