We’re currently only three years away from the 2015 “future” depicted in the second installment of the “Back to the Future” trilogy, but it is possible we could see a musical version of the original film on Broadway before we hit that benchmark.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the creative team behind the original trilogy is in early talks about bringing an adaptation to Broadway.
“Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Alan Silvestri are in preliminary creative discussions,” said a representative for Zemeckis. “Mr. Zemeckis is presently in post-production on “Flight,” his first live-action film in a number of years.”
Zemeckis directed all of the films in the original trilogy, and co-wrote all of them with Gale. Silvestri composed the score for the films and has been a long-time collaborator with Zemeckis. No other names regarding creative crew or cast have yet been mentioned.
The first installment of “Back to the Future” hit theaters in 1985 and starred Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly who travels back in time with his friend Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown. Doc created the now-iconic time machine out of a DeLorean using a “flux capacitor.”
“Back to the Future” was one of the first films to bring widespread acclaim to Zemeckis, though he went on to direct a number of well-received films. In between the first and second installments of the trilogy, he made “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and went on to win an Academy Award for Best Director for “Forest Gump.” That film also won an Academy Award in 1995 for Best Picture. Zemeckis directed Forest Gump star Tom Hanks again in 2000’s “Cast Away.”
Referred to in the aforementioned statement by his representative, Zemeckis recently has been working mainly in the digital realm of film, directing “The Polar Express,” “Beowulf” and “A Christmas Carol.” “Flight” is an upcoming film directed by Zemeckis that stars Denzel Washington. It is expected to be released in 2013.