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Steven Spielberg’s outrageous plan to avoid calling ‘Back to the Future’ something awful

[UPDATE: Corrections made on casting notes and production credits added 9/1/2016, 2:40 p.m.]

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's Back to the Future is a classic for many of us but studio interference could have put a very different face on it. Would you have seen a movie titled “Space Man From Pluto” starring Jeff Goldblum?

As a huge Back to the Future fan, I've come across my fair share of trivia and interesting tidbits about the creation of the film over the years as I'm sure a lot of you have. We've seen some fun handwritten notes from Gale before on the film's sequel but recently, producer Will McCrabb took to Twitter to revitalize a few classics. For instance, other actors being considered for the lead roles:

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[UPDATE: The images, first published in Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin, don't actually state that Goldblum was a first choice (perhaps McCrabb assumed since his name was on top). Though the book says the three main contenders were Goldblum, John Lithgow, and Christopher Lloyd, Bob Gale confirmed to us Goldblum was not the first choice.]

Yes, there are alternate realities where Doc Brown was played by Jeff Goldblum, Joe Piscopo, John Cleese, Gene Hackman, James Wood, Harold Ramis and more. McCrabb also shared the first page of the first draft of the film:

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But it's this interoffice memo from MCA/Universal executive Sid Sheinberg to Steven Spielberg, Zemeckis, and Gale that's getting the most attention right now, with good reason.

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