PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jason Aron, the Director of the new Kickstarter funded documentary Back In Time about the movie, Back To The Future, discussed the history of the film, previewed his documentary, and reassured fans worried about rumors of a reboot.
Aron, talking with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, explained why he thinks the film was so influential and continues to connect with audiences today.
“It’s how the movie was done. It crosses so many different genres. You have action in there, sci-fi, comedy, there’s a love story, you have this great cast of characters, you have the DeLorean time machine and the writers didn’t try to overdo it. It was a movie that was done in the mid-80’s but they didn’t try to do too many special effects or anything. It’s just a human movie. It worked well then and because of that, it works well now.”
Despite the large number of classic films being remade in Hollywood, Aron says that won’t happen in this case.
“This movie will never be remade. Period. End of story. I think this is where some other studios or other franchises miss the boat, you can’t do it better. You could never make Back To The Future better. The only thing that might be better is the time travel sequence, something that intentionally not made elaborate in the first movie, just through effects. Are you going to write a better story? No way. Why bother, just to go to the well for more money?”
Aron also shared that Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the role played by Michael J. Fox, and that filming had actually begun before they made the switch.
“As they started to progress they knew it wasn’t working. They never stopped shooting, which is an interesting point, so what they would do is shoot around Eric Stoltz until the day where they finally said, okay Eric, you’re gone, Michael’s in. Then they went back and shot all these things.It’s a feat to replace an actor that far into production and, honestly, I don’t know if the movie would’ve ever been released, if it was, I don’t think we’d be having this conversation about Back To The Future if Eric Stoltz was the actor.”
Back In Time will be released on October 21, 2015. The same date Michael J. Fox travels to in the film.