The iconic films are heading to London's West End
Back to The Future is the latest cult franchise to be in line for a theatre reimagining; this time, it’s a musical. It’ll hit the West End in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the film. Robert Zemeckis – the director of the original movies - Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd will provide the writing for the project, while the latter is set to direct.
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Music and lyrics will come from composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter/record-producer Glen Ballard. “The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience,' Lloyd said in a statement Friday.
Bob Gale commented, "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.
“Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film's composer Alan Silvestri composing the music. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy.”
Back to The Future – which starred Michael J. Fox as its protagonist, Marty McFly – was a huge hit in the 80s when it was released, and its subsequent success has bestowed a cult status upon both the film and the iconic DeLorean vehical featured. The films also co-starred Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson.