• 10.21.15

Exclusive: ‘Back to the Future’ Writer/Producer Bob Gale On Creating 2015 in 1989

The man who has shepherded the franchise from box office to animated series to video games and beyond looks back at…our present.

In select cities, theaters are ready to show Back to the Future II on the big screen for the first time in a long time–it’s not often that a film’s sequel gets the spotlight over the original. But then again, not many films have such an iconic date at their heart. Today’s date, to be exact: October 21, 2015.


To celebrate the anniversary and to spread the word about the brand new, 30th anniversary Back to the Future trilogy Blu-Ray (which brings Christopher Lloyd and his beloved Doc Brown back for an all-new short film among some of its other updated special features), Back to the Future writer/producer Bob Gale–who not only co-wrote and produced all three films alongside director Robert Zemeckis, he also kept the BTTF flame alive through animated series, video games, and other spin-offs–sat down in the Fast Company office to look at what they got right, what they got wrong, and what our future really looks like.

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