Original stars of Back To The Future, Michael J Fox, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd and Thomas Wilson have reunited 33 years on from the release of the first film in the popular sci-fi franchise.
The quartet – who played Marty McFly, Lorraine Baines-McFly, Doc Brown and Biff Tannen respectively – gathered for a panel discussion and a behind-the-scenes photo at Fan Expo in Boston this weekend, with organisers estimating more than 50,000 would attend the three day exposition from August 10-12.
Three of the four actors took to their Instagram pages to post the group snap, with Thompson captioning it ‘Four old friends get back from the future’ and Lloyd posting ‘This was special’.
The cast noted that Crispin Glover was notably absent – having played Fox’s character Marty’s father in the original – with Lloyd tagging him in the shot for good measure.
The foursome – who starred in all three films in 1985, 1989 and 1990 respectively – last got together in 2015, when the original movie turned 30.
And while they happily reunite for events like the Boston expo, the thirst for a fourth film in the Back To The Future franchise doesn’t seem to be tempting them back to the big screen together.
At the panel discussion, the stars shut down any suggestion that there will be a Back To The Future Part IV.
Back to the past: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd played Marty McFly and Doc Brown respectively
‘Basically, I think America is saying, “Come on they’ve wrecked every other franchise with bad sequels, why not this one?”‘ quipped Wilson when asked about it. ‘C’mon, we would watch it until it sucks.’
Adding to this, Fox explained that the ‘gatekeeper of the franchise’ is original co-creator Bob Gale, and he has no interest in a reboot.
Both Gale and co-writer and director Robert Zemeckis have expressly stated that any kind of revival or remake based on the original will be blocked, as long as they have anything to do with it.
Rather than simply not wanting to do it, Gale has stated, whenever asked, that it’s a case of not wanting to do it without Fox – who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Gale has implied that Fox wouldn’t want/be able to star in a fourth film, despite the fact that he continues to act – his last project being a five-episode arc on US political drama Designated Survivor.
Gale said, in 2008: ‘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”.’
Gale has also told fans who want to know what happens next to reference Back To The Future: The Game – which was first released in 2010 and features a plot involving Doc Brown being imprisoned in the past.
Lloyd – who provided his voice for all three movies, the video game, the animated TV series, the Universal Studios ride and the 2015 short film Doc Brown Saves The World – did say he would be open to a fourth film when asked in 2015.
He said he’d consider it if the original cast and creative team returned and if the story and script was good enough.
At the Boston expo, Thompson added: ‘This movie was so powerful to show to your children because it’s the idea that if you do the right thing, if you have the courage, if you stand up for yourself at the right moment of your life, you can change not only your future but your children’s future.’
Fans attending the talk were decked out in ‘life preserver’ jackets, made famous by the character of Marty.
Making their day: Lloyd signed autographs for guests at the 2018 Fan Expo at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Friday
Big turnout: Organizers estimated more than 50,000 would attend the three day exposition from August 10-12
‘I’m impressed with all these people in these vests,’ Thompson commented. ‘It’s 100 degrees and everyone’s wearing these vests.’
Fox added that he used to hate wearing the costume: ‘It looked great but it was terrible to wear!’
When the movie was shot in the 1980s, Fox had been simultaneously starring in US sitcom Family Ties, and working around the clock to fit both into his schedule.
‘My life was just a blur,’ he recalled. ‘When the movie came out, it shocked me ’cause I had no idea what it was going to be, because I had no chance to live with it. It just happened overnight.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Andrew Bullock