‘Back to the Future’ Stars Reveal If There Will Ever Be A Fourth Movie

BACK TO THE FUTURE, from left, Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, 1985
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As with many beloved franchises, Back to the Future is having a resurgence in pop culture. We have recently seen Back to the Future: The Musical premiere just ahead of the original film’s 40th anniversary. It begs the question, with so many movies getting reboots and remakes, is Back to the Future one of them? Rumors are swirling that Back to the Future 4 is already in the works and fans have created fake movie posters and trailers.

Unfortunately, according to the stars of the original films, it sounds like the answer is no. Michael J. Fox, who famously played Marty McFly, doesn’t really act anymore due to his Parkinson’s disease. He said in May, “I don’t think it needs to be [rebooted or revived]. I think Bob and Bob [director and co-writer Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale] have been really smart about that. I don’t think it needs rebooting because are you going to clarify something? You’re going to find a better way to tell the story? I doubt it.”

While his former co-star, Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) has been more open to the possibility of another film, he also denied that one is in the works. He added, “I would love to do a sequel, but I think Bob Zemeckis and [producer Steven] Spielberg felt that they told the story in the three episodes. But if somebody has a brilliant idea that would justify a fourth film it might happen.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, 1989

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One of the writers, Bob Gale, also denied that he was working on another movie. He explained, “People say, ‘Why don’t you guys do Back to the Future Part 4?’ 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.”

BACK TO THE FUTURE III, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, 1990

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Director Robert Zemeckis has also been open in saying that he would not return to make a fourth film. So, that means that many of the biggest stars and creators of the movies do not want to make a fourth movie so it is unlikely that one will happen anytime soon, if ever. Do you think they should make another Back to the Future film or leave the franchise alone?

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