Back to the Future is a movie that kind of defies logic. It was a sci-fi adventure comedy that featured an eccentric old man having a very trusting and friendly relationship with a teenage boy, who then goes back in time and almost sleeps with his own mother. When you think about it that way, it’s actually quite disturbing.
Nonetheless, the movie was an instant hit. It spawned two sequels, which were filmed at the same time, and became one of the most praised trilogies in movie history. It turned a failing car company into a piece of iconic cinema history. It spawned video games, an animated series, and even a theme park ride and a musical. It also inspired a new generation of people to be creative, something that is obvious when you look at a cartoon like Rick and Morty, which adds a whole new twist to adventures through time and space (on a much more vulgar level).
You may have watched BttF a hundred times, but we bet there are still some things you don’t know about the Robert Zemeckis films. Here are 17 bits of trivia, Easter eggs, and production mishaps that you probably have never heard of before.
17. No One Wanted to Make It
Director Robert Zemeckis and write Bob Gale originally got the idea for BttF by stumbling upon the high school yearbook of Gale’s father and wondering whether they would be friends with their teenage parents. They developed that idea into a movie screenplay and tried to find a studio who would let them make it. They tried and tried and tried again, actually, and failed miserably. The script was rejected over 40 times.
The problem was that the script was too tame to be a lewd adult comedy, but also too risque for family-friendly studios like Disney (remember, the main story line involves a teenage girl wanting to seduce her time-travelling son). Eventually, Universal Studios decided to take a chance on the bizarre story. Thank God for that!