There comes a time in the life of movie fans in which they become somber at the fact that some of their favorite franchises cannot happen again. They realize that the former glory of the leading stars blooming at the peak of their career have now aged quite a bit, and the power of the films rely in the pure nostalgia of former days. I myself have experienced this multiple times, and can say it is something melancholic, but mature. One of the many film franchises that has reached a point in such is the Back To The Future series.
This Robert Zemeckis-written and directed series of movies has become an iconic staple of 80s cinema as well as general pop culture, gathering a populus of many dedicated fans over the years. Even though many filmmakers might be quick to jump onto plans for a reboot or more sequels to their past films for various reasons, Zemeckis does not hold this true for his beloved sci-fi films.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies about his film Welcome To Marwen starring Steve Carell (now becoming a critical and commercial flop), he is asked if he is still opposed to a fourth Back To The Future film, even with recent polls saying that people want to see more of it. Zemeckis states, “Oh god yes…It confirms what we all know, but what I think the fans are really saying is that we really like this movie and if it were possible I’d like more of it. But they understand that it can’t be done.”
This answer by the creator of the films himself is pretty clear on the idea that what was good in the past should stay in the past. This is at least in terms of Back To The Future. On the other hand, Zemeckis was also questioned about the lack of action on Disney’s side for a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel, to which he says, “There’s a wonderful script sitting at Disney that is really good, but I don’t think it’s on their radar” and implies possible interest in directing it. The original interview can be accessed here.