Michael J. Fox

Back to the Future

I suppose it’s a hoverboard rampage in the future, right?

For the very first actual episode of Triple Play, Kiyan and Dylan did their second one day marathon of Back to the Future! Back to the Future is one of Dylan’s favorite movies, so it’s a good thing they started with it… It also happens to have it’s 30th anniversary this year! Today, July 3rd, happens to be exactly 30 years to the day that the first film premiered.

This was our first episode in this slightly more freeform style, and as such there are some minor errors committed throughout the episode. Below are some corrections, as well as some further information for anyone who is curious enough to want to know more about the Back to the Future trilogy.

Information on the genesis of Back to the Future and the origin of the movie can be found on the Making of Back to the Future Part 1 Documentary that is part of the DVD extras for the 25th anniversary edition of the film.

Here is some information on the earlier drafts of Back to the Future. The fourth revision of the script, which features a more brooding Marty and a different opening scene (which Dylan mistakenly identifies as the refrigerator script) can be read online over here.

A list of Alan Silvestri’s scores, including notes on all of his 15 collaborations with Robert Zemeckis can be found at wikipedia.┬áIt’s also worth it to note that while Zemeckis did ask for the more bombastic score, it was Spielberg who disliked the Romancing the Stone score, and not Zemeckis.

A discussion on the casting of Eric Stoltz, and some brief footage of him as Marty can be found, once again, in the DVD extras from the 25th anniversary edition of the film. However, the New York Times has the short clip from the making of documentary hosted on their website.

Kiyan was correct, Christopher Lloyd was an actor in Star Trek III, on the recommendation of Leonard Nimoy. On the other hand, Skinhead turns out not to be the one who wears 3-d glasses.

Thomas F. Wilson did, in fact, play the 2015 version of Biff Tannen, according to IMDB.

Quite a bit of our information on the creation of the second and third films can be seen and expanded upon in Empire’s oral history of the franchise, which can be found over here.

For clarification the original theme is the one that is one of the most recognizable movie themes, not the westernized one in the third film. To hear the “westernized” version of the theme tune used in the third movie, you can click over to a youtube video over here. For comparison here is a link to the pretty recognizable regular version of the theme.

Very recently, Robert Zemeckis has stated that there will only be a reboot of Back to the Future… over his dead body. Thank goodness for that.

For anyone with a love of point and clicks, or TellTale games, or just Back to the Future in general, you can find the Back to the Future video game at TellTale’s official website here.

The Back to the Future musical was announced back in 2014, (you can read a press release here on the BBC website) and was (and probably still is) planned to premiere on London’s West End this year, for the 30th anniversary of the film.

For an extension of what we’ve discussed in this podcast, and an obviously far more in-depth look at the making of Back to the Future , be sure to check out We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy, which you can purchase on Amazon. Neither Kiyan nor Dylan have read it, but it’s definitely probably on one of their “to-read” lists.

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