For film fans tired of seeing their classic 80s and 90s movie favourites being remade and rebooted, Robert Zemeckis has some good news.
The director has vowed that Back to the Future will never be remade - as long as he is alive, and hopefully after that too.
Speaking to The Telegraph about the possibility of signing off on a remake with co-writer Bob Gale, he said, “Oh, God no!
"That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.
“I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?”
Zemeckis (63) and Gale (64) won an Oscar nomination for writing for the original screenplay and they both have final say on whether or not any more Back to the Future films are made thanks to water-tight contracts they signed with Universal back in 1984, prior to the first film's release.
Despite the fact it would be a sure-fire hit, he is still determined to avoid going down the route of films like Jurassic World which builds on the success of the 1993 original.
Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future is such a familiar cultural artefact at this stage that watching it on the big screen is probably the only way of assessing it with moderately fresh eyes. It's being given a re-release to mark its 25th anniversary, and it stands the test of time even more triumphantly than I'd expected. In fact, it can now be compared with classic moral fantasies such as Heaven Can Wait and It's a Wonderful Life, so perfectly does it create and sustain its strange little world.