Back to the Future 4 sequel?
The idea of a fourth Back to the Future film seems a distinct possibility right now, particularly in this Hollywood culture of remaking absolutely everything and bringing another sequel to franchises which have been long completed, however you would think that there could never be another Back to the Future film.
Bob Gale, writer and producer on the series and some of the spin offs, has been talking about the idea and has said it's a categoric no. Well, with the old stars returning anyway.
Bob Gale was speaking at the Exotic Car Festival and was quoted through BTTF.com and Moviehole and responded the the question of a sequel with a hard and firm no - that brought some negative response from the crowd and so he explained himself:
"We've all seen sometimes where they make one too many sequels and you say, 'Maybe they shouldn't have done that.' I'm not going to name any names of movies, but you know what they are!...But more importantly, as I'm sure you all know, Michael J. Fox is not in the best of shape with his Parkinson's...The idea of making another Back to the Future movie without Michael J. Fox — you know, that's like saying 'I'm going to cook you a steak dinner and I'm going to hold the beef.' You can't do that."
Wow look at that, someone in Hollywood who with his finger on the pulse and some integrity! He does go onto say that he's sure Universal would love them to do another film, but that they just couldn't make another one that would live up to the first three, even if you think the second isn't as strong, it still wouldn't match the previous without Michael J. Fox.
That said, I have to agree with Clint who predicts that within five years there'll be another film in the series. I have to say I think he's got his dates wrong, I think it'll be much sooner before we're seeing the project starting, after all they're remaking everything else that's made money.
Can you really see a new Back to the Future film working without Marty played by Fox? Of course they could get the other characters back, but with the time travelling bit how could they avoid not showing Marty in the film, and would that mean they would have to recast the character?