Actor Christopher Lloyd has done many things in his illustrious acting career. One thing he’ll always be known for is Emmett “Doc” Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. Would he be down for a possible fourth installment? Maybe, but he has a great idea for it.
We Don’t Need Roads
During an appearance at Niagara Falls Comic Con, Lloyd discussed the possibilities of Back to the Future 4. He believes another installment should focus on things we’re facing today. “I think somehow it needs to kind of convey a message about something that’s important to everyone, universally, like climate change. Some way of incorporating whatever fever is going on at the moment into the film and keep the feeling of one, two and three,” he said.
When it comes to him reprising his role, Lloyd would have to think about it. “That’s a tricky, tricky deal. Because you don’t want to do another one and disappoint. So I don’t know. I’d be happy to, for myself. But we’ll see,” he also said at the convention.
88 Miles Per Hour
While fans would love a fourth film, there’s a huge roadblock in the way. Film director Robert Zemeckis has been vehemently against doing a fourth film. If Hollywood’s looking to do a remake, they’ll have to wait a long time. “That can’t happen until both Bob [Gale] and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it. I mean, to me, that’s outrageous. Especially since it’s a good movie. It’s like saying ‘Let’s remake Citizen Kane. Who are we going to get to play Kane?’ What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?,” he told Telegraph.
In recent years, the Back to the Future franchise has found new areas of success. In 2010, Telltale Games released Back to the Future: The Game. The episodic video game lets you play as Marty McFly in a brand new adventure. Gale, who co-created Back to the Future, was on hand to work on the project. In 2016, IDW Publishing published a comic book based on the game.
Breaking The Time Barrier
A Back to the Future sequel would fit in nicely with today’s rise of nostalgia. As expected, there are some reasons why this could simply be a pipe dream. Back in March, Michael J. Fox revealed new health issues surrounding his Parkinson’s disease bout. Because of his spinal cord, the Emmy winner has been falling a lot more than usual. “Last August I was supposed to go to work. I woke up, walked into the kitchen to get breakfast, misstepped and I went down. I fractured the hell out of my arm. I ended up getting 19 pins and a plate. It was such a blow,” he told The New York Times.
Despite the injuries, Fox has kept a stable acting career with roles in Designated Survivor and The Good Wife. Working on Back To The Future 4 could lead to strenuous scenes. With a longer period of time on set, one accident could spell disaster.
Much like Fox, Lloyd has been busy with roles on 12 Monkeys, The Big Bang Theory, and Psych. In 2015, he reprised the role of Doc Brown for the short film Doc Brown Saves the World. Time, however, is what’s possibly keeping Lloyd away from a fourth film. At age 80, there’s always the possibility of him leaving us before it gets made.
Things can change in a heartbeat, though. Zemeckis could have a change of heart and pull the trigger on a fourth film. It that happens, fans will be ready for another time-traveling adventure.
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