'Back to the Future' time travels to London stage

Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:51am EST
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By Michael Roddy

LONDON (Reuters) - The 1985 hit film "Back to the Future" is headed for the London stage as a musical that is scheduled to open in the movie's 30th anniversary year, the producers said on Friday.

The film starred Michael J. Fox as a time traveler in a souped-up DeLorean who lands 30 years in the past and, among other things, introduces Chuck Berry to rock and roll.

It gave rise to two sequels, in the first of which Fox goes into the future - coincidentally to 2015, the year the musical is expected to open.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed and co-wrote the movie, will team up with co-writer Bob Gale for a new book for the musical, a joint statement from Zemeckis and Gale said.

Universal Stage Productions ("Wicked" and "Billy Elliott"), London-based producer Colin Ingram and Hollywood producer and director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment are also involved in production, the statement said.

"The 'Back to the Future Musical' is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost 10 years," Gale said in the statement.

"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."

Jamie Lloyd, a former associate director of London's renowned Donmar Warehouse, will direct. There will be new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News.   Continued...

Admirers inspect a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 at the annual Rockville, Maryland Antique and Classic Car show October 20, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron