The world is filled with horrible news these days, but this one was uniquely weird and unpleasant: The Hollywood Reporter held a poll to see which franchise people want to see rebooted. There were currently dead brands, like Shrek and The Matrix; ones that have run out of steam, like Pirates of the Caribbean and Die Hard; and ones that are still going, like Jurassic Park and Avatar. But the one that won, and handily, was Back to the Future, which has lied dormant since all the way back in 1990.
The poll’s participants may have been gonzo for more Marty McFly and Doc Brown — apparently not getting their crackly-voiced kid-and-white-haired mad scientist fill from Rick and Morty — but others on the information superhighway were, shall we say, not feeling it. Actress Evan Rachel Wood summed up this side pretty eloquently:
Anyway, everyone should relax, because there is almost certainly zero chance we’ll be getting a Back to the Future reboot anytime soon.
The Playlist dug up some old articles of theirs to reassure those against a Back to the Future redo have little to nothing to worry about. They reminded us that, back in 2015, Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three films in the series, shot down the idea with the cruel efficiency of Judge Doom drowning a pair of cartoon shoes in “dip” from his film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
“Oh, God no,” Zemeckis told The Telegraph when the idea was breached. “That can’t happen until both [co-writer] Bob [Gale] and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.”
He added, “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?”
Hopefully that still rings true! Considering the Oscar-winning director kind of does whatever he wants now — his next film, due during the holidays, is not, like, a superhero movie but rather Welcome to Marwen, an adaptation of the documentary Marwencol, starring Steve Carell as a veteran who creates a gigantic WWII model town — it’s safe to assume multiplexes are safe from a Back to the Future starring, say, Johnny Depp and Tom Holland. Seriously, no one make that movie.
That said, Punisher: War Zone filmmaker Lexi Alexander’s idea ain’t bad: