Back to the Future fans will get the chance to go back in time for the ultimate nostalgia trip next year, as a musical will open to coincide for the classic movie's 30th anniversary. Original director and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis will team up with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book for the new stageshow, which is set to hit London's West End at first; the Associated Press reports that an expansion to Broadway is possible if the West End run proves successful.
Musical will "capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience"
It's not clear how closely the musical will follow the movie's plot, nor how the producers plan to get the Delorean to hit 88mph onstage. Gale confirmed on BTTF.com that it will feature music from the original movie alongside new songs, and says he "can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film." Director Jamie Lloyd continues: "Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie onstage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding, and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience."
"The production will include illusions, skateboarding, and many other surprises."
"The Back to the Future musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost 10 years," says Gale. "We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and production team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. 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."
The first film in the iconic Back to the Future trilogy came out in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager sent 30 years back in time to 1955 after accidentally triggering an eccentric scientist's experiment on a DeLorean sports car. Christopher Lloyd, who co-starred as scientist Doc Brown, showed up at CES 2014 with a replica DeLorean as part of a Gibson promotion.