Michael J. Fox Reveals Idea For Back To The Future Reboot

Hollywood is still going through a phase that sees a number of iconic film and TV properties being revived or rebooted. Said productions have been met with varied results, and that’s one of the reasons why some would likely prefer that certain IPs are left alone. The Back to the Future franchise definitely falls into that pile, as fans (and some of the series’ creators) are very protective of it considering it's seen as one of the best sci-fi movies of all-time. That doesn’t mean no one’s thought about what such a project could entail, though. As of matter of fact, series lead Michael J. Fox revealed that he has an idea for a potential reboot. 

It’s likely Michael J. Fox would want any potential Back to the Future revamp to maintain the essence of the ‘80s/early ‘90s blockbuster trilogy. However, it sounds like he wouldn’t exactly want to see such a production tread the exact same territory. Following his viral appearance at New York Comic Con (where he reunited with co-star Christopher Lloyd), Fox discussed the franchise’s legacy during an interview with ET. It was during that discussion that he revealed his pitch for a reboot, which would theoretically make a major change to the time travel tale's lead character: 

I actually had this thought that if they did the movie again, they should do it with a girl as Marty. There’s something about it that connects with people on every level. I just feel like it will come around again.

I’d honestly be down for this particular idea, as it would be a solid way to freshen up the story just a bit. I mean, why not introduce a new character named Martina, who goes by the nickname “Marty?” Of course, then you have the massive challenge of casting a performer who can produce the charm (and occasional manic energy) that the OG Marty McFly actor so effortlessly exuded. Though it’d be a massive task, it certainly wouldn’t be impossible. 

While some fans have expressed hesitation about a reboot or sequel, others have long hoped that Robert Zemeckis’ classic film franchise would get a continuation of sorts. The chances of that happening seem slim now, however. In 2016, producer Frank Marshall shot down the notion of a reboot, saying that such a thing wouldn’t happen as long as he had a say. In 2020, Christopher Lloyd spoke about a potential fourth film and humorously mused that it probably won’t happen. Lloyd, nevertheless, insisted that if it were to be made, Back to the Future 4 should have a story that connects to a contemporary social topic like climate change. 

The only downside to any legitimate sequel of sorts would be that Michael J. Fox himself likely wouldn’t play a major role. Over the past several years, Fox has battled Parkinson’s and has been candid about his struggles. A cameo of sorts could still be a viable option, if such a project were to actually get off the ground.

Again, this is all hypothetical but not impossible. As Michael J. Fox said during his interview, the time travel-infused story just “connects with people on every level.” So perhaps it could “come around again,” with a lady in the lead. 

The Back to the Future films can be streamed using a Peacock subscription. Those hoping to check out sequels and/or reboots that are indeed hitting the big screen soon can check out CinemaBlend’s schedule of upcoming movies.

Erik Swann
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Erik Swann is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend. He began working with the publication in 2020 when he was hired as Weekend Editor. Today, he continues to write, edit and handle social media responsibilities over the weekend. On weekdays, he also writes TV and movie-related news and helps out with editing and social media as needed. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After shifting into multi-platform journalism, he started working as a freelance writer and editor before joining CB. Covers superheroes, sci-fi, comedy, and almost anything else in film and TV. He eats more pizza than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.