Great Scott! "Creative differences" have delayed the long-awaited stage adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ hit 1985 movie Back to the Future, which had been aiming to time travel its way into the West End in 2015. According to the Daily Mail, U.K. director Jamie Lloyd (who’s helming the upcoming Urinetown and Assassins in London) has withdrawn from the production. Seems he and Bob Gale, who wrote the film, disagreed about the tuner’s direction.
This is even more upsetting as apparently after an abrupt departure from the Broadway-bound Finding Neverland, Roger Bart had been in negotiations to star in a workshop of the show as "Doc" Brown. Composer Alan Silvestri, who scored many of Zemeckis's films, including Forrest Gump and Cast Away, is to 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.
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.