LONDON Jan 31 The 1985 hit film "Back to the
Future" is headed for the London stage as a musical that is
scheduled to open in the movie's 30th anniversary year, the
producers said on Friday.
The film starred Michael J. Fox as a time traveler in a
souped-up DeLorean who lands 30 years in the past and, among
other things, introduces Chuck Berry to rock and roll.
It gave rise to two sequels, in the first of which Fox goes
into the future - coincidentally to 2015, the year the musical
is expected to open.
Robert Zemeckis, who directed and co-wrote the movie, will
team up with co-writer Bob Gale for a new book for the musical,
a joint statement from Zemeckis and Gale said.
Universal Stage Productions ("Wicked" and "Billy Elliott"),
London-based producer Colin Ingram and Hollywood producer and
director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment are also
involved in the production, the statement said.
"The 'Back to the Future Musical' is a project that Bob
Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost 10 years," Gale
said in the statement.
"We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative
and producing team that will create a show that is true to the
spirit of the film without being a slavish remake."
Jamie Lloyd, a former associate director of London's
renowned Donmar Warehouse, will direct. There will be new music
and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional
music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News.
"The production will include illusions, skateboarding and
many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film
but freshly interpret it for a new audience," Lloyd said in the
"Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and
whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating
score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard's witty,
infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard
to tell this uplifting story anew."
"Back to the Future" starred Fox as Marty McFly and
Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown. It took in $360.6 million
at the box office worldwide. The total box office for the
original and its two sequels was $936.6 million, the statement
McFly is a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into
the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend,
Brown. As well as finding a way back to 1985, Marty must make
sure his high school-aged parents unite in order to save his own
(Editing by Larry King)