For many of us, Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future is a perfect movie. A perfect movie that should never be touched. If we even hear a whisper of “remake” or “reboot” in its general direction, we’re squaring up like “hey you, get your damn hands off her” but surely it’s only a matter of time before someone, somewhere decides it’s time to reimagine Marty McFly going back in time again?
What would this even look like? Maybe something akin to Andy Muschietti’s recent It remake films? Instead of hitting the 50s, Marty could be dealing with life in the (very) late 80s or early 90s; jumping into an experimental, flux capacitor-powered Tesla, trying to order a Pepsi Max at a seaside Howard Johnson’s and then accidentally becoming his mom’s new crush. No smartphones, no wifi, no ecigs – he’s gotta get back to the future! And maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t be too grumpy about it if they cast it right?
Hmm, no. We would probably still be a little grumpy.
YouTuber EZRyderX47 has proposed that Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. wouldn’t be a bad shout for Marty and Doc Brown in Back to the Future, creating a deepfake where the duo replace the stars of the original 80s classic, Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. The voices of those actors remain loud and clear in this deepfake, so it’s a little weird, but lord help us, it …kinda works?
You can see for yourself below…
This isn’t the first time EZRyderX47 has had the hots for Holland as Marty McFly; he first had a crack at putting the young actor in the role back in September of last year:
Holland and Downey Jr. had great onscreen chemistry together in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, and we would definitely like to see them do yet another film with each other, even after the box office failure of Dolittle.
Back to the Future spawned two sequels after its release in 1985, where it made over $381 million at the global box office. An animated series and several video games came to fruition in the decades that followed, and a new musical adapted from the film is set to get underway in theatres from February 20.
What do you think? Could you cope with a Back to the Future remake in certain circumstances? Or is this always going to be one of the untouchables?
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