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Robert Zemeckis says Back to the Future would not be made today

10.13.2015
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Next Wednesday marks the date that Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to in BACK TO THE FUTURE II. The time-traveling trilogy is arguably the most likable in realm of film trilogies and you'd be hard-pressed NOT to find people celebrating it come next week. With that said, director Robert Zemeckis doesn't feel that the BTTF films would have even been made in today's cinema.

Robert Zemeckis on why BACK TO THE FUTURE wouldn't be made today:

Sadly, I don’t think anyone would make that film today. I don’t think the audience would understand it or have the interest in seeing that movie. I mean a lot of people would but it would never become the number one box office hit of the year.

I think that what’s happened is that films have fallen into slots or categories. One of the things that’s unique about BACK TO THE FUTURE is that back in the days when we had video rental stores they never knew what shelf to put it. They didn’t know if it was a comedy or should be in the science fiction section or the period movie section. They didn’t know where to put it and that’s what makes it unique and what gives it such longevity. But it’s very difficult for audiences nowadays to spend their money to see something if they don’t already know exactly what it’s going to be ahead of time.

When it comes to what makes bank at the box-office these days, it's hard to argue with Zemeckis' point. Cinephiles love films like BACK TO THE FUTURE where it blurs the lines between genres, but your general moviegoer is probably looking for something more straightforward. While I think BTTF would still do well if released today, it probably wouldn't touch the top five grossing films of the year. I suppose you could say that for a lot yesteryear's classics. Whoa...this is heavy.

Robert Zemeckis' latest feature, THE WALK, is now in theaters.

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12:33AM on 10/14/2015
I think the reality is that going to see a movie at the theater today is quite expensive, even if you don't get anything at the concession stand. So because of that, audiences are more reserved on what they spend their money on so they generally go for something they're sure of: a sequel, a Marvel movie, a movie based on a book, etc. It sucks that it's come to that but it just isn't affordable nowadays to see a movie out of sheer curiosity. General audiences miss out on some gems for sure, but
I think the reality is that going to see a movie at the theater today is quite expensive, even if you don't get anything at the concession stand. So because of that, audiences are more reserved on what they spend their money on so they generally go for something they're sure of: a sequel, a Marvel movie, a movie based on a book, etc. It sucks that it's come to that but it just isn't affordable nowadays to see a movie out of sheer curiosity. General audiences miss out on some gems for sure, but I can't say I blame them because I too have gotten to the point where I'll mostly go see movies I'm really REALLY excited for or I KNOW will be good.
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12:26PM on 10/14/2015
Very true. I don't even remember the last movie that I went to just because I felt like going the movies.
Very true. I don't even remember the last movie that I went to just because I felt like going the movies.
11:22PM on 10/13/2015
Studios say audiences only want to see the same thing. Audiences say it's studios who keep making the same thing. Filmmakers point fingers at everyone for why they can't make good films today, instead of fighting to make good films. The blame game's fun to play, but I don't see good stories coming out of it.
Studios say audiences only want to see the same thing. Audiences say it's studios who keep making the same thing. Filmmakers point fingers at everyone for why they can't make good films today, instead of fighting to make good films. The blame game's fun to play, but I don't see good stories coming out of it.
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8:32PM on 10/13/2015
The original film is still one of my favorites of all time and the whole prom scene is also one of my favorite movie scenes as well; especially when George FINALLY gets the girl.
The original film is still one of my favorites of all time and the whole prom scene is also one of my favorite movie scenes as well; especially when George FINALLY gets the girl.
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7:39PM on 10/13/2015
I think one of the things I miss the most about the bygone eras of film was going into a movie like this, and having NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. There were trailers in those days, of course, but they weren't the huge give-away devices that trailers are today. BTTF, Ghostbusters, Alien, Raiders, even Star Wars were films that we went into almost completely blind, and then had out butts kicked by the shared experience of DISCOVERY. We lament the loss of "wonder" in entertainment, and what
I think one of the things I miss the most about the bygone eras of film was going into a movie like this, and having NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. There were trailers in those days, of course, but they weren't the huge give-away devices that trailers are today. BTTF, Ghostbusters, Alien, Raiders, even Star Wars were films that we went into almost completely blind, and then had out butts kicked by the shared experience of DISCOVERY. We lament the loss of "wonder" in entertainment, and what is more wonder-inspiring than seeing something that's never been seen before? But the big film companies are terrified of that concept today. They demand projects that are guaranteed to produce ticket sales, and they can only do that if every tiny aspect of each film can be analyzed, tested, and made to fit the "formula".
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11:02AM on 10/14/2015
Completely agree. Add to the fact that now we have 2.5 to 3 minute trailers that basically give EVERYTHING away. A few comments above, someone mentions the cost of a movie ticket now. People want to know exactly what they are going to see before spending money on a ticket. In this day of a movie coming out on digital releases/red box 6 months after theatrical release, if a truly original movie came out, that's where people will watch it. Not in the theater. That is more than likely the reason
Completely agree. Add to the fact that now we have 2.5 to 3 minute trailers that basically give EVERYTHING away. A few comments above, someone mentions the cost of a movie ticket now. People want to know exactly what they are going to see before spending money on a ticket. In this day of a movie coming out on digital releases/red box 6 months after theatrical release, if a truly original movie came out, that's where people will watch it. Not in the theater. That is more than likely the reason why studios do the paint by numbers. It's "safer"
6:29PM on 10/13/2015
Sadly, he's probably right. If it's not part of a pre-existing film series, tv series, based off of a comic book or popular novel, it's probably not going to get a significant budget. But look at something like Guardians of the Galaxy. It also was a mix of genres (sci-fi and comedy, action as well), and was one of the highest grossing films of last year. Sure it was part of the MCU, but it was very different from the other films, and the comic book wasn;t very popular. Hard to say, but maybe
Sadly, he's probably right. If it's not part of a pre-existing film series, tv series, based off of a comic book or popular novel, it's probably not going to get a significant budget. But look at something like Guardians of the Galaxy. It also was a mix of genres (sci-fi and comedy, action as well), and was one of the highest grossing films of last year. Sure it was part of the MCU, but it was very different from the other films, and the comic book wasn;t very popular. Hard to say, but maybe Back to the Future would find an audience if it came out today.
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5:55PM on 10/13/2015
As someone with a brain, which most posters here have even if I disagree with some of them, its rather sickening how right this is isn't it? He couldn't be more spot on. Most Hollywood movies today are paint by number. Most Hollywood greenlit movies have to fall into one of a few categories. Whether that be Oscar Bait, Sci Fi blockbuster, RomCom, Superhero, Family Animated, etc. There might be a few more but things that are original and blur lines are seen as too risky. Why do you think there
As someone with a brain, which most posters here have even if I disagree with some of them, its rather sickening how right this is isn't it? He couldn't be more spot on. Most Hollywood movies today are paint by number. Most Hollywood greenlit movies have to fall into one of a few categories. Whether that be Oscar Bait, Sci Fi blockbuster, RomCom, Superhero, Family Animated, etc. There might be a few more but things that are original and blur lines are seen as too risky. Why do you think there is such a resurgence and renaissance in TV. Its where Hollywood directors and actors go now for "out of the box" and original. Take a look at Soderberg and The Knick being the perfect example. A big Hollywood actor telling Hollywood to go fuck itself so he can make something he wants, that WE want. A movie would never be made of that material, yet on TV where storytelling still exists, he found a home.
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