Looking back Back to the future Born, I’m always surprised that so many coincidences had to come together to lead to that birth. I often think “Hello”. What if only one of them was different? BTTF Have you been born?
The origin story of the movie is familiar to many. In August 1980, I visited my parents in my hometown (a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri) while promoting the movie. Secondhand car Robert Zemeckis and I just made it for Columbia Pictures.
I happened to come across my dad’s high school yearbook in the basement, which I had never seen before and found out that he was the president of the graduation ceremony.
Looking at his picture, I thought of the president of the class, someone who had nothing in common with me. I asked myself if I was a friend when I went to school with my father.
At that moment, when I realized that this was a great idea for a time travel movie, a figurative light bulb was lit above my head. The child will go back in time and go to high school with his future father.
When I returned to California, I associated this with Bob Zemekis, who responded with the same enthusiasm, suggesting that the protagonist’s mother could attend the same school.
In less than a month, we’ve created enough stories to market the project to Columbia Pictures. It was then that the chief of the studio gave me a thumbs up in just a few minutes and it turned out to be a really great idea.
I didn’t have to explain much of the plot elements, details, or complexity. By the end of the next week, we were hired to write an untitled script. Back to the future..
Consider just a small part of “what if”.
What would you do if you didn’t make a movie Secondhand car??
What if I didn’t go to St. Louis that summer?
What if I can’t find my father’s yearbook?
What if my mother throws it away?
What if your dad isn’t the class president?
What if Bob Zemekis hates that idea?
So: was Back to the future “Meaning to be”, or just a product of life’s randomness? Of course, this “what if” game can be played endlessly in almost everything in life (and tends to get better the more you drink alcohol).
We wrote two drafts for Colombia, but they passed the project.
They returned it to us in a way called “turnaround”. This meant that if we could get it on track, we could submit the script to another company, knowing that Colombia would be reimbursed for their costs.
In the next two years Back to the future A total of more than 40 rejections were rejected by all studios and countless production companies. #
Dissatisfied with the impasse of his director’s career, Zemekis decided to direct the next decent script. Stone romance..
Two great things happened. Bob hired a virtually unknown composer named Alan Silvestri to write the score, and the movie became a big hit.
Now that he’s a hit maker, every studio is happy to make the next Robert Zemeckis movie. But Bob turned his back on his new sunny friend and endorsed our true friend Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg has always loved screenplays and had just set up a new Amblin entertainment company at Universal Studios.
In the summer of 1984, we did pre-production. And it became the world’s biggest movie hit in 1985, producing two very successful sequels.
Bob Gale in 2021 dates back to 1980 to 29-year-old Zemekis and Gale Back to the future, Our young self probably thought the old man wasn’t taking the medicine that day.
I regularly pinch myself about the life of this project and its various iterations.Animated series, two cartoon series from different companies, toys, video games, board games, documentaries … and now Back to the Future: Musical..
The seeds for the musical were planted in 2005 by Bob’s wife Leslie. producer On Broadway.
It took about a year for the seed to germinate. In February 2006, composer Alan Silvestri, diva Glen Ballard, Bob and I had a serious discussion at the first meeting.
One thing I was given was not to hand over the project to strangers. Despite not knowing the world of musicals, the four of us jointly vowed to be the main creativity to bring musicals to the world.
And it turned out to be another bump on the road. Our various successes in the film and music world didn’t mean anything to most Broadway producers, from major awards to box offices to record sales. We were outsiders of the theater.
However, serendipity has an interesting way to appear at the right time.This time pretending to be it Ghost the musicalGlenn was hired to collaborate with Dave Stewart on behalf of British producer Colin Ingram.
After meeting Colin in New York in 2012 ghost, I sent him an email: “Let’s do this”. The last important part of the puzzle came about in early 2018 when I met John Rand, a veteran of Broadway’s myriad musical comedies. Again, the chemistry was perfect. Despite Covid, we never looked back.
The cliché is true, so I think it will be a cliché.
“Good things take time” because it takes time.When Back to the Future: Musical It will be improved for that.
Thanks to advances in stage crafting, our show is much better than if it were produced in 2010 or 2015.
You would believe our DeLorean travels 88 mph, Marty McFly goes back in time, and Doc Brown climbs the clock tower ledge in a thunderstorm.
There are also 14 great new songs (including classic songs such as “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B Goode”).
Bob Zemekis, Alan Silvestri, Glen Ballard and I know how meaningful the original film is to many. It wouldn’t have been possible to put this musical on stage without meeting the high standards set in the film. We believe that we have captured and respected that spirit. Great Scott!
Back to the Future: Musical Stay at the Adelphi Theater in London until February 13, 2022