Back to the Future musical in the works

31 January 2014

This is heavy.

Following a slew of rumours, it’s now official: the classic time-travelling sci-fi comedy Back to the Future will be turned into a stage musical.

Back To The Future: The Musical will debut in London’s West End in 2015 - which is both the 30th anniversary of the movie and the year that Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future 2.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed the much-loved trilogy, will write the book with original co-writer Bob Gale, along with British theatre director Jamie Lloyd, who will also direct.

Original composer and regular Hollywood scorer Alan Silvestri will write music and lyrics with Glen Ballard, in addition to classic songs including from the movie (‘The Power of Love’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’).

In a statement, Gale said:

“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake....

We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

The original Back to the Future was released in 1985, was a worldwide sensation and made a star of Michael J. Fox.

And of course, all three films in the original trilogy can of course be watched on demand right here on Sky Movies. Don’t touch that on demand dial!

[Source: Telegraph]