It's only in early stages, but Deadline reports that Robert Zemeckis is in talks with his Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale and composer Alan Silvestri about turning the iconic time-traveling film into a stage musical. Considering music was such an important component to the franchise (which has grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide), we could see how this idea could come about. The 25th anniversary of the original film arriving in theaters has sparked a new wave of interest in Back to the Future -- with Michael J. Fox using it as an opportunity to raise money for his foundation by getting behind a limited brand of Nike sneakers crafted to look the ones Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II, as well as Christopher Lloyd reprising the role of Doc for a related video game and commercial.
So to see the interest expanding to include a potential Broadway musical isn't all surprising. It's probably the only way they can revive the franchise without bringing back Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd to reprise their roles, and at the same time it gets audiences used to other people playing those characters, which, in turn, may lead to Hollywood reviving the franchise on the big screen should the musical take off.
It's still early, though, and it will take some work to get a musical off the ground. But Silvestri's Back to the Future score is considered to be one of the greatest ever, and we wouldn't knock the musical adaptation for any movie that prominently featured Huey Lewis and the News.
What do you think? Is a Back to the Future musical worth exploring?