In the event that Hollywood chooses to reboot “Back to the Future” without the original cast, Michael J. Fox expresses a sense of acceptance with that decision.
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“I’m not fanatical,” Fox shared with Variety in a recent cover story detailing his life and career. “Do what you want. It’s your movie. I got paid already.”
However, this doesn’t necessarily imply that he endorses the idea. Fox is of the opinion that Robert Zemeckis, the director and writer of the trilogy, and his co-writer, Bob Gale, wouldn’t be supportive of such a reboot either.
“I don’t think it needs to be,” Fox added. “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.”
Was Fox ever considered for a return to Hill Valley as the time-traveling Marty McFly after the series concluded with 1990’s “Back to the Future Part III”?
“I’m sure somebody thought about it,” Fox reveals to Variety. “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.”
Regarding Christopher Lloyd, he expresses a more receptive stance toward reviving the DeLorean for another adventure into the past or future.
“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,” he mentions. “But if somebody has a brilliant idea that would justify a fourth film, it might happen.”
And Lloyd believes he understands what creates the magnetic chemistry between him and Fox.
“There was a certain ease between us,” he reflects. “I didn’t have to struggle to get there with Michael. There was never any conflict. It just fit. And it’s never stopped. I feel like we could go and do it again after all these years and not have to think about the relationship between Marty and Doc.”
In “Still,” a new documentary by Davis Guggenheim that premiered on Apple TV+ last week, Fox revisits “Back to the Future,” his film and television stardom, and his advocacy for Parkinson’s research—the disease he was diagnosed with at age 29. The film includes recreations of some of Fox’s most memorable screen moments, a challenging task given that few actors have mastered physical comedy as adeptly as he did during his time in the sci-fi adventure.
“We had these kids come in to do a car slide like I do in the movie,” Fox mentions regarding the “Back to the Future” recreations. “Now when we made the movie, nobody taught me how to do a car slide. I just flipped into the seat and there I went. I never understood that was really difficult to do. I was used to taking risks. I’d just tell my body to do something and it would do it. These kids couldn’t do the thing with the DeLorean to save their lives. They would bang into the side of the car and fall over. I was tempted to just get up there and do it myself.”
A return to the screen for “Back to the Future” may not be in the immediate future, but there’s a Broadway musical adaptation in the works. However, don’t anticipate seeing Fox on stage.
“There’s no role for me in it, but I’ll be cheering from the side,” he remarked.