‘The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode” are among the songs to be included in the new musical of Back To The Future scheduled for the London stage based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox. The script will be written by Robert Zemeckis (who directed the original movie and two sequels), along with the films’ co-writer and producer Bob Gale, and Jamie Lloyd. New music will come from Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard. Lloyd will also direct the production. “Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, 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,” Lloyd says. “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.” Soutra Gilmour will oversee set and costume designs, while Paul Kieve handles illusions, Jon Clark does lighting design, and Alan Williams provides musical supervision. It also will have a skateboard consultant: Andrew Willis. Backers include Universal Stage Productions, London producer Colin Ingram, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as well as Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic Back To The Future become the latest film to get a Broadway stage production? I’m told that Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to explore a stage transfer. A stage musical would be an intriguing way to reintroduce a franchise which, over three films, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide. Zemeckis’ ImageMovers would be involved if this goes forward. The time travel film, which starred Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, holds up as well as the other live-action films Zemeckis directed. I’m still pissed that Universal scrapped the theme park ride based on the film. Silvestri, by the way, composed the music for such Zemeckis films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Cast Away.
A video making its way around today offers up a great walk down memory lane. Can you imagine anyone else except Michael J. Fox starring in Back to the Future? Well, Eric Stoltz was the original choice but was recast 5 weeks into the film’s production. The clip below features Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and (co-writer) Bob Gale explaining the switcheroo. The clip is part of the extras on the DVD and Blu-ray release of the trilogy on October 26.
The former head of worldwide marketing at Universal Pictures died on Friday of a form of leukemia in Atlanta where he’d retired in 1994. He was 76. A Uni EVP from 1987-1993, he promoted hits like Jurassic Park, Back To The Future, Twins, Field Of Dreams, Scent Of A Woman, and Fried Green Tomatoes.