If you're still celebrating Back to the Future's 30th anniversary and can't wait to get your hands on a pair of Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes, then you'll definitely want to check out these little-known facts about the movies from our friends at ScreenCraft.
As the 30th Anniversary of the original Back to the Future is being celebrated, we look back at the surprising facts and trivia surrounding the eventual franchise that has stood the test of time. We focus primarily on the development of the three films, with some added production trivia.
So sit back and let's accelerate to 88 miles per hour and travel back in time . . .
- In the first draft of the Back to the Future script, Marty McFly was a video pirate running a secret black market operation with Professor Brown (not Doc), who had a pet chimp named Shemp.
- The script was rejected by all studios, multiple times.
- Michael J. Fox was always the first choice to play Marty, but his Family Ties contract curbed that.
- Johnny Depp, George Newbern, Charlie Sheen, Corey Hart, and C. Thomas Howell were considered for the role of Marty until Eric Stoltz was hired.
- After six weeks of shooting, Eric Stoltz was replaced. The footage and performance just wasn't panning out. Michael J. Fox worked day and night on Family Ties and Back to the Future after being finally cast.
- The script was deemed too provocative for Disney because of the scene where Marty shares an awkward kiss with his teenage mother.
- Studio head Sin Sheinberg insisted on changing the name of Marty's mother, then Eileen, to the first name of his wife, actress Lorraine Gary.
- Crispin Glover demanded more money for the sequel(s). The studio offered him a hefty raise, but Glover still balked, wanting more. He was replaced in the second film with an actor that wore facial prosthetics and the character of George McFly was virtually written out of the script. In the second film, the story point of George's death in the alternate 1985 universe was the direct result of the character being written out.
- To this day, people swear that the "To Be Continued" at the end of Back to the Future was seen in theaters. It wasn't. It was later added to the VHS release when the two sequels were green lit.
- There was originally once single sequel script called Paradox. Due to the scope of the story, it was separated into two sequels that would be filmed back-to-back, which at the time was a very new concept of production.
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