In the final instalment of our Back To The Future Week, Bob Gale talks about the forthcoming BTTF video game from Telltale and explains why he and Robert Zemeckis decided to close the movie series with Doc Brown flying his locomotive off into the sunset.
Can you shed any light on the Back To The Future video game you're involved in?
"A company called Telltale Games is developing this and they are trying to keep it consistent with the movies, unlike the other Back To The Future video games that were made. I think there was an 8-bit Nintendo cartridge that was one of the worst games ever made, it was just dreadful! I've been having story meetings and exchanging emails and phone calls with the folks at Telltale to make sure that what they develop feels like Back To The Future. My understanding is that the first instalment - this is a computer game not a console game - they'll be coming out in instalments with the levels released apart, I don't know what the exact schedule is. I think they're looking towards the end of October, beginning of November to release the first level."
Will it revisit parts of the trilogy or go off with its own storyline?
"Is it canon? Not exactly, it's a game so they're not the same. On the other hand you can say that the Back To The Future series has postulated how you could have almost infinite timelines. Who's to say that the timelines we create in the game couldn't be alternate timelines?"
Did yourself or Robert Zemeckis ever discuss making a fourth Back To The Future?
"We actually did have a conversation about it many years ago and we would kick it around every so often. When it turned out that Michael J. Fox had Parkinson's, we just kind of said, 'You know what, who wants to go and see Back To The Future if Michael J. Fox is not in it'. After that we stopped talking about it. Of course that was also before we've seen some other major franchises go back to the well, maybe more than they ought to. I won't mention any names, but I think you know what I'm talking about! People are disappointed, they feel like some of these sequels are almost like acts of prostitution, just capitalising on a franchise and putting another instalment out and it doesn't feel right. We said let's just not even think about doing a Part IV."
The end result never matches the anticipation no matter how good the film is...
"Exactly, that's exactly right. No matter what you do you're going to lose. It's hard enough to get a movie made without having all that against you."
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