Robert Zemeckis reveals the only way a Back to the Future remake can happen

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Jun 30, 2015, 4:59 PM EDT

It's only a matter of time before someone decides we need a new version of Back to the Future, right?

Let's face it, nearly every major production coming out of Hollywood these days is either a reboot, a remake or a sequel, and even films once deemed untouchable are now routinely going through that process. So, sooner or later, some studio exec desperate for a hit -- or at least a marketable, recognizable "brand" -- is going to turn his or her eyes toward Robert Zemeckis' classic 1985 sci-fi comedy.

But not if Zemeckis has anything to say about it. Speaking with the Telegraph, Zemeckis -- who directed the entire Back to the Future trilogy -- revealed that he and his co-writer, Bob Gale, have the final word on whether any more Back to the Future movies get made, according to the contracts they hammered out with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. And Zemeckis added that as long as he and Gale are alive, nothing of the sort is happening:

"That can’t happen until both Bob 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?"

A lot of credit must go to Zemeckis and Gale here, because we're pretty sure that they'd both get a big fat check if any kind of Back to the Future remake/reboot did go forward in their lifetimes. But it seems both men are willing to forgo the easy money and preserve the original memory of their creation.

Would a new Back to the Future spoil the original? Certainly not -- you can watch Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd bend the fabric of history any time you want on Blu-ray or DVD, and nothing is changing that. But Back to the Future is a near-perfect film (and the two sequels ain't shabby either), so why try to re-create that with new actors, an updated setting, etc., etc., when the original is there for everyone to enjoy and for new fans to discover?

So let's wish Bob Zemeckis and Gale long, healthy lives (which they should have anyway) and salute them for taking a stand. Do you agree with Zemeckis' position?

(via Collider)