"I don’t think we’ll disappoint anybody in the Back To The Future world."
Speaking to The Music while doing promo for Ghost, American songwriter, lyricist and record producer Glen Ballard revealed that fans would not be disappointed with the upcoming Back To The Future musical and that they would "do no harm" to the 1985 film's integrity.
“I was working on [the Back To The Future musical] today in fact with Alan Silvestri, and Bob Gale and Bob Zemeckis who wrote the movie and who are involved with this musical. We’re having a lotta fun with it and, of course, taking the Hippocratic Oath for us to do no harm, and so I don’t think we’ll disappoint anybody in the Back To The Future world."
Ballard, who is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (and co-writing Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror), further enlightened, “We’ve been working on [the Back To The Future musical] off and on for a coupla years and we are, in earnest now, focusing on it."
On October 21 of last year, Back To The Future fans around the globe celebrated the date that Dr Emmett Brown and Marty McFly touched down in the future, which appeared in the trilogy’s second film. On the limited global theatrical re-release of the three Back To The Future films that marked the occasion, Ballard recalled, "It was, like, the big date and, I mean, the movie was competing with first-run movies in the marketplace. It did, like, millions of dollars at the box office [during the re-release]; it’s kind of an insane thing, 30 years later... So we know that people love this piece, you know? To say the least."
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The idea of Back To The Future being adapted into a musical started as early as 2004, with producers aiming to open the show in time for the film's 30th anniversary in 2015.