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Why there will be NO Back to the Future Part IV
Photo: © ANP

Why there will be NO Back to the Future Part IV

Why there will be NO Back to the Future Part IV
Photo: © ANP

Back to the Future is one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time, but like with any film property, nothing is safe from the dreaded prospect of a remake or perhaps a new sequel.

There were three Back to the Future movies between 1985 and 1990 and the role of Marty McFly threw star Michael J. Fox into superstardom. 

As fans of the series are so passionate, there is a desire among some to see Back to the Future Part VI which would see Marty reunite on-screen with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd.

However, Bob Gale, who co-wrote the first three movies, believes this desire is born out of a need for nostalgia in the modern day and that he has no intention of writing a fourth feature.

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"People say, 'Why don’t you guys do Back to the Future Part 4?'" he explained to Variety.

"When they say that, they’re saying, 'I want something that makes me feel as good as the original did.'

"That’s what this is. That’s the feeling you’re going to get here when you see this show. There’s no need to go back to that well. You’ve seen too many people go back too many times. As I’ve said many times, the characters in Back to the Future are my family, my children. You don’t sell your kids into prostitution."

Gale has written a musical version of Back to the Future which recently had a benefit show in aid of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

A female lead in Back to the Future?

Though there are no current plans for a sequel or a remake, Fox has an idea for a surprising twist, should either be made.

"I actually had this thought that if they did the movie again, they should do it with a girl as Marty," the actor told Entertainment Tonight.

"There’s something about it that connects with people on every level. I just feel like it will come around again."

In 1991, the popular actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and he subsequently created the Michael J. Fox Foundation which is dedicated to funding research on the disease. To date, the foundation has raised an astonishing $1.5 billion.

Fox's affliction means that he has stepped away from acting on a regular basis over the past 20 years.

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