Michael J. Fox hinted that Back to the Future should remain a thing of the past.
In an interview with Variety, Fox stated his belief that a potential reboot of Back to the Future wouldn’t make sense without the original cast or without original franchise director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale. “I don’t think it needs to be,” Fox said. “I think Bob and Bob have been really smart about that. I don’t think it needs rebooting because are you going to clarify something? You’re going to find a better way to tell the story? I doubt it.” However, Fox added that he would be at peace with a Back to the Future reboot should Hollywood decide to go that route. “I’m not fanatical,” he said. “Do what you want. It’s your movie. I got paid already.”
Fox also added that he has not been formally approached about another Back to the Future film. However, if he were to be propositioned for another film, his health and ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease would not allow him to go through with it. “I’m sure somebody thought about it,” Fox said. “But I was in the early stages of Parkinson’s at that point, so I don’t know that I would have wanted to take that on. Right after ‘Part Three’ had done well, there might have been conversations about it, but I never got involved in them.”
Fox starred as time-traveling teenager Marty McFly in the original Back to the Future trilogy, for which the first film was released in 1985. Along with Fox, the trilogy starred Christopher Lloyd as Emmett “Doc” Brown, with the 1985 film grossing $388.8 million at the global box office on a $19 million budget. The Oscar-winning effort spawned two successful sequels, including Part II in 1989 and Part III in 1990.
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Apart from Fox’s comments, Zemeckis has already stated that he would block any attempts at a Back to the Future reboot, given that he has final rights to the film franchise. Other franchise players, including Gale and producer Steven Spielberg, have also expressed disinterest in a potential reboot. Lloyd, however, who recently appeared in Season 3 of The Mandalorian, expressed interest in another sequel as long as it made sense.
“I would love to do a sequel, but I think Bob Zemeckis and [producer Steven] Spielberg felt that they told the story in the three episodes,” said Lloyd. “But if somebody has a brilliant idea that would justify a fourth film it might happen.”
In December 2022, reports emerged about a Back to the Future animated show in development at Netflix. However, these claims were shut down by the franchise’s official Twitter account on social media. CBS aired an animated series of Back to the Future for 26 episodes between 1991 and 1992.
All three Back to the Future movies are available to stream on Netflix.
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