Marty won’t be McFlying too far forward in time for Back to the Future’s new incarnation. A musical version of the hit 1985 film is in the works, expected to debut on the West End stage in 2015 – the same year the character travelled to in the 1989 sequel.
The latest adaptation of the cult sci-fi comedy will reunite the film’s director Robert Zemeckis with his co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book, with original composer Alan Silvestri back on board to co-author music and lyrics with songwriter Glen Ballard.
Coinciding with the first film’s 30th anniversary, the show will again see Marty McFly (originally played by Michael J Fox) accidentally travel back to his home town in 1955 where his own mother develops feelings for her future son, jeopardising his entire existence.
The film – co-starring Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson – was a commercial and critical success, spawning two sequels, the 1989 follow-up and a second in 1990, both directed by Zemeckis who also helmed Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Forest Gump.
Olivier Award-winner Jamie Lloyd (the man behind last year’s sell-out Macbeth production starring James McAvoy) has been recruited to direct the West End project, with Andrew Willis hired as a skateboard consultant. Casting details are yet to be announced.