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June 16, 1997 - Back to the Future 4 / page launched

Scooped on Friday, October 23, 2009

Stephen M. Clark, the President of the Back to the Future fan club, has been keeping an eye out for any developments for a new BTTF feature on the horizon. Clark's information is so detailed that it's simply best he's allowed to present it to you. Trust us, you won't get a more accurate picture of which actors are warming up to the idea of another installment from anywhere else, even if you dig through Spielberg's trash bin.

Clark's been wondering exactly what Universal Pictures has been up to with the franchise, and in his first message to us he encapsulates what's been going on with the BTTF actors and theorizes on what direction a sequel could take...

"We receive hundreds of email messages each week from fans all over the world wanting to see another Back to the Future film, so we know that the film would be widely accepted, especially since the BTTF saga has such a universal appeal. Actually, I know for a fact that there were some serious talks about a fourth film shortly before Jurassic Park came out in 1993. Once JP opened though, all attention was diverted towards that project and talks were dropped.

"Since that time, several of the key players in front of and behind the cameras have told our organization's magazine ('Hill Valley Telegraph') in exclusive interviews that they'd love to do a fourth film (Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson, Billy Zane, Claudia Wells, Dean Cundey, Neil Canton, etc.). The two primary actors, Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox, have both publicly stated that should a fourth BTTF film be produced, that they'd love to reprise their roles (sources: STARLOG Magazine, August 1993 {Lloyd} and January 1997 {Fox}).

"What we can't seem to figure out, is why Universal hasn't put this film on the development slate, since it would be a sure-fire hit. Sure, a few years ago, it was completely taboo to carry a franchise beyond a trilogy, unless the film has the words Star Trek in the title. (Remember Superman IV: The Quest for Peace?) However, times have changed, and the ever popular franchises are gearing up for more sequels. With Alien: Resurrection opening this fall, and Star Wars: The Balance of the Force in 1999, it appears that the old myth may have finally gone on the way side. Other rumored 'quattros' such as Lethal Weapon 4, Indiana Jones and the Sons of Darkness, Die Hard: Tears of the Sun, Mad Max 4, and a fourth 'Jack Ryan' movie, make the timing seemingly perfect for Universal to jump on the bandwagon and get this highly anticipated sequel into production.

"In my exclusive interview with Michael J. Fox on the 11th Anniversary of the theatrical release of BTTF1 (July 3, 1996), he told me that he'd love to see the characters end up somewhere besides Hill Valley, possibly having Doc Brown mix wits with Merlin (Fox told me that he & his son Sam are big fans of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and that type of fantasy.)

"My personal opinion is that the filmmakers should have the film begin in real time (not picking up again in 1985), realisticly placing the film in 1999 if it were to go into development today. With that in mind, I envision some sort of space-time continuum phenomenon based on the split-second changing of the millineum/century/decade/year/month/day/minute/second all at the same time, and that this once-in-a-millineum event is endangering the future of the entire universe due to past time travels across that event to 2015 in the second film and in the BTTF Ride. This 'rollover' of time itself would be explained to act just like an odometer in a car. Under normal circumstances, it simply rolls over and nothing special happens, which is how time has advanced through the ages thus far. However, since Doc & Marty crossed over that event before it was to occur naturally (and perhaps a key element was left in the future that shouldn't have been, such as the leftover Plutonium that we've not seen since BTTF1, is causing the fabric unravelling of the space-time continuum), will cause time itself to jump forward or backward one or more millineums, or stop entirely and 'destroy the entire universe as we know it'. It would be up to Doc & Marty (and perhaps new characters as well as old) to correct the damage before its too late.

"Well, it's just a thought. The wonderful thing about the BTTF series is that the possibilities are endless for new stories, but Universal doesn't seem to think in fourth dimensional terms, and thus, there has been no visible steps taken towards getting a new film into development.

"Other things that Universal hasn't given any thought into is that two of BTTF's key players (Fox & Thompson) are seen weekly in top rated sitcoms (Spin City & Caroline in the City respectively), bringing in their new fans who may have not followed the trilogy in the '80s. Plus, rumors of John Z. DeLorean's startup of a 'new' DeLorean vehicle for production in 1998 are now apparently for real. The 'D2' (a.k.a. the 'Firestorm 500') is reportedly already set with the proper financing behind the project, and the cars are said to be scheduled to roll off the assembly lines late next year."

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