Daily Archives: October 20, 2015

The Future Is Now!

I loved Back to the Future 2 growing up. I made my own Hoverboard out of construction paper. It’s not quite what Lexus has done to make a fake Hoverboard

And the day is tomorrow. And it hasn’t happened. The future’s not what we were told… the future is now. The strongest image, for so many people, of what the future would look like. 30 years on… and it’s not at all the same.

And what did we get instead? The big one is of course The Internet. But did we wile away our time playing MMO’s and Angry Birds instead of inventing Hoverboards and flying cars?

Maybe. But that leaves me thinking that maybe it’s time for a new vision of the future. Maybe it’s time for a return to Back to the Future.

After all, as the trailer today for Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows, there’s lots of returning-to-franchises going on. And people can get excited, and it can be awesome. Or Ghostbusters returning next year. Or a whole bunch of TV shows, with the most recent ones I’ve seen being renewed talks about a return to Firefly, and then Gilmore Girls.

Meanwhile, instead of a new Back to the Future we’re getting a documentary at least this year…

So I don’t at all think a new Back to the Future movie is on the horizon. But I’m realizing… it would be a good one to come back to. The plot: something happened in time that made it so that none of the things Marty saw in the future actually happened. Show our world now. So there’s fixing that… and a chance to go forward, into the future from now. To make a cinema image of our future, of 30 years from now. And to revel in what society was like, 30 years ago, in the past.

So not reboot, not a remake. Not entirely. I guess maybe my idea falls in the “modern retelling” genre? I don’t know. What do you think? Should Back to the Future come back? What would they see in our future? Let me know in the comments below!