The key phrase, of course, is “as long as I have my say,” which leaves the door ajar for a new Marty McFly and Doc Brown to grace the big screen when Marshall retires from filmmaking. But while there’s an outside chance Back to the Future eventually gets a redux, it won’t be able to come into fruition many years down the road. Zemeckis and his Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale have final say in any project related to the franchise, so as long as those two are alive, it’ll never happen. Last year, Zemeckis morbidly theorized that Hollywood would jump on the opportunity when he and Gale have passed away, but their estates could step in and prevent it from happening.
It goes without saying that it would be for the best if Back to the Future was left alone. The whole series (especially the first film) is a timeless classic that still resonates with audiences today, 30 years later. Typically, the best remakes take an interesting premise that was poorly executed and improves upon it. Back to the Future doesn’t meet that criteria, since many viewers feel that it is a perfect movie. Also, Universal may not be so inclined to pursue a remake after Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot was not the massive commercial hit they wanted it to be. Fans can rest easy. The DeLorean had its day in theaters, and now everyone can enjoy it from the comfort of home.