Robert Zemeckis’ Back To The Future is one of the most important films of the last 30 years. Its unique and inventive premise, whimsical tone, and relentless pace still resonates with audiences to this day – even if the viewer has watched the film dozens of times before. But while the film is now universally adored, its production was awash with problems. Problems that are now going to be explored in an upcoming documentary, which will also focus on the trilogy's still-thriving legacy.
Deadline has reported that Gravitas Ventures will release Back In Time on October 21, 2015 – which is the perfect time for the world to see the film because that marks the exact day, month and year that Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Jennifer visited the future in Back To The Future II.
Director Jason Aron’s film will explore the cultural impact of 1985’s Back To The Future, 1989’s Back To The Future Part II, and 1990’s Back To The Future Part III. But rather than being a haphazardly created documentary that only provides us with information on the film that we already had at our disposal, Back In Time will include interviews with a variety of members of the films’ cast and crew, revealing previously unknown details about the production.
The lineup will include the lead star of Back To The Future Michael J. Fox, who triumphantly played Marty McFly, his co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, as well as writer Bob Gale, director Robert Zemeckis, and producer Steven Spielberg too. But that’s not all, because Aron also sat down to talk with Huey Lewis – but not The News – about his work writing "Power Of Love" and "Back In Time" for the film.
You can expect there to be plenty of revelations regarding the film’s casting and script changes, which dogged its production and saw Eric Stoltz replaced by Michael J. Fox five weeks into shooting.
Back In Time will also look to address the possibility that hoverboards do actually exist, and that Robert Zemeckis has been holding on to a huge collection of them now for around 30 years. Now that may sound like a conspiracy theory to some of you, but Robert Zemeckis genuinely insisted during an interview ahead of Back To The Future II that hoverboards were real, and had been banned by parenting groups. Don’t believe us? Well, check out the video below.
If that proves to be true then, not only do I now hate my parents, but I feel Robert Zemeckis needs to provide us all with our very own hoverboards as well as access to his time-traveling Delorean, so we can go back and enjoy the toys in our youth. We'll have our answer at some point in October when Back In Time is released in selected theaters and VOD.