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  • 1 February 2014, 15:21

Back To The Future Musical To Land In West End

A musical of Back To The Future will open in the West End in 2015, the same year that Marty McFly travelled forward to in the hit movies.

The show, adapted from the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Michael J Fox, will also mark the 30th anniversary of the film directed by Robert Zemeckis.

A skateboard consultant has been confirmed but no names have been announced for the cast yet.

In the 1985 film, McFly accidentally travels back to his hometown in 1955 in a modified DeLorean car.

Once there, he gets caught up in the dramatic lives of his own teenage parents, including his mother who develops a crush on her future son, before returning to 1985.

The film was written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and had plenty of music, including the Huey Lewis and the News theme tune The Power Of Love and McFly's futuristic rendition of Johnny B Goode.

Also starring Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson, it was so successful that it spawned two more sequels, Back To The Future Part II in 1989 and Back To The Future Part III in 1990.

In the second film, McFly travelled forward to 2015.

The new musical will have a book by Zemeckis, Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter and producer Glen Ballard.

Oscar-winner Zemeckis directed all three films, as well as hits including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.

Gale said: "The Back To The Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost 10 years.

"We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake."

He added that music from the movie will be used along with brand new songs.

The musical joins many other recent screen-to-stage remakes for Broadway and the West End such as Ghost, Shrek, Legally Blonde and Dirty Dancing.

The show could move to Broadway if it is a success.

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