Great Scott! It's 'Back to the Future,' the musical

This time Marty McFly and Doc Brown will travel to the theater for a stage adaptation set to land in London next year.

The famous time-traveling DeLorean will make its theatrical debut next year.
The famous time-traveling DeLorean will make its theatrical debut next year. Stephen Shankland/CNET

We're going back...to the future!

A full 30 years after the original "Back to the Future" film debuted, the time-traveling adventure is set to return, this time as a musical. Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale, who created the original films, will team up with British theater director Jamie Lloyd to write the book for the new production, Variety reported on Friday.

Lloyd will direct the stage version, which will gear up to open in London in 2015, just in the nick of time for the film's 30th anniversary. Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard will write the score, another promising sign since Silvestri wrote the music for the entire movie trilogy. Songs from the film, including those from Huey Lewis and the News and from Chuck Berry, will also pop up.

The play itself will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, Universal Stage Productions, and producer Colin Ingram. Amblin and Universal Pictures were responsible for the original films.

No details have yet been revealed for a specific opening date or plans to expand the play to other venues, though Hitfix says a Broadway launch is a possibility if the London version takes off. The plot will most probably follow that of the original film as Marty travels back in time, accidentally meets his mother, and then must fix the damage to his timeline before he's wiped out of existence.

"The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years," Gale said, according to the Back to the Future Web site. "We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake."

A musical based on such a popular and iconic film does face a built-in set of challenges. But with so many of the original people on board, we may just have something to look forward to...in the future.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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