Synchronize your watches and jump into your DeLorean because Back to the Future is finally headed to the stage! Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working with Universal Stage Productions and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment to develop a previously reported stage musical version of their film Back to the Future. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production will debut in London's West End on the 30th anniversary of the film's release.
Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 film, is reuniting with co-writer Gale to pen the book for the stage version. Composer Alan Silvestri, who scored many of Zemeckis's films, including Forrest Gump and Cast Away, will co-author the score for the show with Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical). The musical will also feature familiar songs, including "The Power of Love," "Johnny B. Goode," "Earth Angel" and "Mr. Sandman," all of which are part of the original movie.
"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 a statement. "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 follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he helps his teenaged parents fall in love. After becoming intertwined in his parents' high school romance, McFly nearly causes a massive rift in the space-time continuum that threatens his existence. He then enlists the help of Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to return to 1985.