Everyone has those movies that they love from their sepia-toned childhoods. And if you grow up to be a filmmaker, you might find yourself in a position to demonstrate that love by remaking that beloved flick. For the Harold & Kumar guys, that film is Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future and their collective dream might come true.
With their American Reunion about to hit theaters—and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas enshrined in the holiday movie hall of fame—writer-directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have just signed a fat deal with Universal, and when asked by Moviehole what gems from the Universal catalog they'd like to polish, they eventually came clean about their Back to the Future dream.
After being goaded into naming the Michael J. Fox time-travel classic, Schlossberg was quick to clarify his intentions:
"I wouldn't want to do it now because people would be like, 'Oh, there's no way it will be as good as the original.' But 30 years from now when Spielberg's, like, 90 and those guys are kind of on their way out, and those movies just look really old because we're watching movies that are old, literally in two dimensions or something, it would be great to have all these classics that you're able to remake."
On the one hand, it's good that these guys realize that there's nothing to be gained from making a new Back to the Future film now. It can't possibly be as good, and, even 27 years after its release, it still feels vibrant and fresh. There's just not enough distance between us and it.
But still, some classics are just that—classic—and resist any attempts at reboots. You'd have thought that Universal would've learned that lesson with Gus van Sant's Psycho.
How do you feel about a NuBTTF?