Fans went wild at Fan Expo in Boston on Friday when “Back to the Future” stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas Wilson and Lea Thompson reunited in celebration of the film’s 33rd anniversary.
During a panel discussion, reports the Daily Mail, the “BTTF” quartet discussed the movie that changed all their lives.
“My life was just a blur,” explained Fox, who was juggling his role as Marty McFly with his sitcom duties on “Family Ties” while simultaneously working on both.
“When the movie came out, it shocked me ’cause I had no idea what it was going to be,” marvelled Fox, “because I had no chance to live with it. It just happened overnight.”
Thompson, who played Marty McFly’s mom, offered her opinion on why “Back to the Future” continues to find new fans three decades after its release. “This movie was so powerful to show to your children because it’s the idea that if you do the right thing, if you have the courage, if you stand up for yourself at the right moment of your life, you can change not only your future but your children’s future.”
The cast also offered their comments on those persistent rumours of a fourth “Back to the Future” film.
Wilson, who played bully Biff Tannen, thinks the time is ripe for another sequel. “Basically, I think America is saying, ‘C’mon, they’ve wrecked every other franchise with bad sequels, why not this one?’ C’mon, we would watch it until it sucks.”
However, Fox was quick to point out that the film’s co-creator, co-writer and co-producer Bob Gale is the “gatekeeper of the franchise,” and he has continually insisted he has no interest in rebooting “Back to the Future”. In fact, Gale and the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis, have promised to do everything in their power to block a reboot.
In fact, Zemeckis was definitive that there will be no more sequels, telling an Italian news outlet last month that “there will never ever be, in the most absolute way, a ‘Back To The Future 4’. There will be no more ‘Back To The Future’.”
After the fan event, Lloyd (who portrayed wild-eyed inventor Doc Brown in the 1985 comedy), shared a photo of the reunited cast, writing, “This was special.”