If Back to the Future Were Made Today
Idea: In honor of the trilogy's 30-year anniversary, and in celebration of "Back to the Future Day," I recreated the movie Back to the Future as a modern day rendition.
Synopsis: The original version of Back to the Future begins in 1985, where Marty McFly travels 30 years into the past and spends a week with his parents in 1955. The modern day rendition of Back to the Future would begin in 2015, where Marty McFly travels 30 years into the past and spends a week with his parents in 1985. This shift in time causes the modern day version to begin in the same year in which Marty travels to in Back to the Future 2, while following him back to the same year in which the original series is set.
Role: Concepting, Writing
The original Back to the Future was released on the first Friday of June (the 3rd) in 1985. If it were made 30 years later, it would have been released on June 5th, 2015.
The 17-year-old leading character Marty McFly was originally played by then 24-year-old Michael J. Fox. If it were made today, and directed by me, Marty McFly would be played by 17-year-old Jaden Smith.
In 1985, Marty wore a pair of red-on-white Nike Bruins. In 2015, he'd wear a pair of the self-lacing Nike Mags, previously worn and made famous by the original Marty McFly on today's date in Back to the Future 2.
When Marty McFly and his band originally auditioned to headline for the school dance, they played Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love." Midway through their audition, a member of the panel (played by Huey Lewis himself) interrupted and denied the band, saying, "I'm afraid you're just too darn loud." This time around, Marty and his band would audition for the school dance with Eminem's "Berzerk." Within the first 20 seconds of their audition, a member of the panel (played by Eminem) would interrupt and deny the band, saying, "I'm afraid you're just too damn angry."
When Marty McFly met up with Doc to see the time machine for the first time, he asked Doc if he was wearing a DEVO suit. Today's 17-year-old Marty probably wouldn't know what DEVO is, but would be timely enough to say, "Hey Doc, is that an Ebola hazmat suit you're wearing?"
Because the movie is now taking place 30 years later, the original dates would fall on different days of the week, causing important events to be impossible. In this modern day rendition, Marty McFly would meet up with Doc at Twin Pines Mall on Oct. 24th, 2015, and would travel back to the day Doc invented time travel, now Nov. 2nd, 1985.
When Marty McFly arrives in 1955, his first stop is Lou's Cafe. He tries ordering a Tab, but the owner Lou tells him he can't get a tab unless he orders something. Marty then tries ordering a Pepsi Free, but Lou tells him if he wants a Pepsi then he's gotta pay for it. Marty gives up and tells Lou to "just give me something without any sugar in it." Now that Marty is traveling from 2015 to 1985, he'd try ordering a Pepsi Max. The owner would tell him, "The name's Lou, and all I got is Coke." Marty would then ask Lou for a Coke Zero but be answered with, "Now you're calling me a 'zero?!'
While Marty visits his mother Loraine in 1955, her family gets together for TV at the dinner table. As the family is enthralled by the newest episode of The Honeymooners, Marty exclaims that he’s seen it before. Loraine’s little brother asks how, because it’s “brand new.” Marty says he saw it on a rerun, which confuses the family even more because reruns weren’t a thing in 1955. This time, his mother’s family would be watching a new episode of The Facts of Life. Marty would say he’s seen it before, Loraine’s little brother would ask how, and Marty would confuse the hell out of the family by saying he binge-watched the show on Netflix.
When Marty meets up with Doc in 1955, Doc doesn’t believe that Marty is from the future. In an effort to disprove Marty, Doc asks him “Who’s president of the United States in 1985?” When Marty answers Ronald Reagan, Doc laughs in his face and continues to joke about the president of 1985 being a relatively famous 1955 actor. This time, when Jaden Smith’s character tells Doc the president in 2015 is the first black president Barack Obama, Doc will say, “Black president?! Sorry, but it’s already hard enough for me to believe a black kid from the future is standing in my living room.”
After watching the video Marty took in Twin Pines Mall’s parking lot, Doc is amazed to see “a portable television studio.” Now, Doc would be amazed to see “a portable computer” that's smaller than a Walkman, yet can do practically anything.
In order to persuade his father George to ask Loraine to the school dance, Marty threatens him as a man from space. He tells George his name is Darth Vader, and if he doesn't ask Loraine to the dance, he'll melt his brain. Because Darth Vader is a known name in 1985, Marty would threaten George as a wizard from space. He’d tell George his name is Voldemort, and if he doesn’t ask Loraine to the dance, he’ll cast "The Killing Curse" on him.
As George introduces himself as Loraine's "density", school bully Biff Tannen comes in and raises a stink. Marty tries protecting George by starting a fight with Biff, but is chased away by Biff's gang. To escape, Marty borrows a scooter from a neighborhood kid. He snaps the scooter's top off, turning it into a skateboard and rides away, virtually inventing the sport. Because the sport was already around in 1985, Jaden Smith’s character would now find a neighborhood kid already riding a skateboard for him to borrow, and kid who is dressed and looks exactly like the original Marty McFly.
When Marty gets on stage at the school dance to play Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," he basically invents rock and roll music because no one had heard anything like it until then. In 1985, Marty would get on stage and perform N.W.A.'s "Fuck the Police." This would be the first time anyone would heard gangster rap, making Marty the genre's creator.
At the end of the movie, Doc visits Marty and Jennifer and tells them they have to go back to the future with him. They all jump in the time machine and travel to the year 2015, leading us to the movie's sequel. With a modern day rendition being set in 2015, they'd all jump in the time machine and travel to the year 2045, leading us to a whole other sequel and hopefully a time where flying cars and hover boards are more of a reality. It would hit theaters Nov. 27th, 2019.
In conclusion, Back to the Future 2 would now take us back to an alternate 2015 and end with Marty stuck in 1985 again. Back to the Future 3 would now take place in 1915 rather than it's original 1885 setting, and would probably have something to do with WW1 rather than it's original wild west theme. It would hit theaters May 22nd, 2020.
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