‘Back to the Future’ Reboot Confirmed With ‘Terminator’ Franchise

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On the left, two characters in a science fiction setting, one with a red vest holding a camera and the other with wild white hair holding a control device. On the right, a character in dark sunglasses and a black leather jacket reminiscent of the Terminator franchise in a futuristic setting.

Credit: Universal Pictures (left)/ StudioCanal (right)

Hasta la vista, Marty.

The Back to the Future franchise has long held a special place in the hearts of moviegoers since the release of the first film in 1985. This iconic series, launched in 1985 with its first film, has cemented its place as a cornerstone of sci-fi cinema.

Doc Brown prepping the DeLorean for time travel in 'Back to the Future'
Credit: Universal Studios

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the trilogy follows the adventures of teenager Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, and the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, portrayed by Christopher Lloyd. In the original Back to the Future (1985), Marty accidentally travels from 1985 to 1955 and must ensure his parents’ romance to save his own existence.

The sequel, Back to the Future Part II (1989), catapults him to the futuristic 2015 and back to an altered 1985, culminating in a perilous journey to 1955 again. The final installment, Back to the Future Part III (1990), sees Marty and Doc stranded in 1885, blending sci-fi with a Wild West adventure as they strive to return to their time.

Over the years, there have been countless rumors and speculations about a possible reboot or continuation of the beloved trilogy. Fans have eagerly debated the potential plotlines, casting choices, and the overall feasibility of bringing this classic back to the big screen.

Michael J Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future
Credit: Universal Pictures

In recent times, a new wave of excitement has gripped the Back to the Future fanbase. A fan-made trailer has emerged, blending the Back to the Future universe with another legendary franchise: The Terminator.

This mashup trailer has taken the internet by storm, going viral and sparking conversations about the possibilities of such a crossover. Titled Back to the Future War, the trailer imagines a scenario where Marty McFly travels to the year 2029, only to find a world dominated by terminators.

Peter Sciretta shared the video on X (formerly Twitter).

The trailer is nothing short of a cinematic thrill. It opens with the familiar sight of Marty, played by Michael J. Fox, in the DeLorean. As he sets the time circuits to the year 2029, the iconic flames trail behind the car as it speeds into the future.

The atmosphere quickly shifts from the nostalgic charm of Back to the Future to the grim, dystopian world of The Terminator. The once familiar Hill Valley is now a war-torn landscape, patrolled by menacing robots.

As Marty navigates this perilous future, the tension escalates. He desperately tries to return to his own time, but the DeLorean malfunctions and comes to a sudden stop. The suspense reaches its peak when the car door swings open, and there stands Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator.

With his trademark stoic expression, he delivers the legendary line, “Come with me if you want to live.” The trailer culminates with the title Back to the Future War, leaving viewers in awe and eager for more.

Arnold Schwarzenegger pointing a weapon in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day'
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While this is a fan-made creation, it’s fascinating to ponder what could have been if such a crossover were real. The idea of merging Back to the Future with The Terminator taps into a rich vein of storytelling potential. Both franchises revolve around the manipulation of time and the consequences of altering the past and future, making them a surprisingly compatible match.

In a hypothetical Back to the Future War, the narrative possibilities are endless. Imagine Marty McFly teaming up with Sarah Connor and the Terminator to combat Skynet’s relentless pursuit of human extinction.

The fusion of Marty’s quick thinking and Doc Brown’s scientific genius with the brute force and determination of the Terminator would create a dynamic and thrilling storyline. The clash of tones—from the light-hearted adventure of Back to the Future to the dark, intense action of The Terminator—could offer a fresh and compelling take on both universes.

Moreover, such a crossover could delve into the philosophical and ethical questions surrounding time travel and artificial intelligence. Back to the Future has always explored the ripple effects of seemingly small changes in the timeline, while The Terminator delves into the dangers of advanced technology and its potential to turn against humanity.

A combined narrative could address the moral dilemmas of using time travel to prevent a dystopian future and the consequences of meddling with the fabric of reality.

Arnold Schwarzenegger says terminator films have become a reality thanks to ai
Credit: Paramount

While the fan-made trailer is a work of fiction, it demonstrates the enduring impact of these franchises and the creativity of their fanbases. It also highlights the potential for new and innovative storytelling within well-established universes. The viral success of Back to the Future War underscores the appetite for fresh takes on beloved classics and the excitement that such imaginative projects can generate.

In the broader context of Hollywood, the concept of rebooting or merging franchises is not new. Studios are constantly exploring ways to breathe new life into established properties, often with mixed results. The challenge lies in balancing nostalgia with innovation, honoring the original material while offering something new and engaging for contemporary audiences.

Doc Brown looking confused in 'Back to the Future' (1985)
Credit: Universal Studios

For Back to the Future, the idea of a reboot or crossover is particularly complex. The original trilogy is deeply cherished, and any new iteration would face immense scrutiny from fans and critics alike. The involvement of original creators like Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale would be crucial to ensuring that any new project stays true to the spirit of the original films.

As we marvel at the creativity behind the Back to the Future War trailer, it’s important to appreciate the unique magic of the original Back to the Future films. They captured the imagination of a generation and continue to inspire new stories and ideas. Whether or not a reboot or crossover ever comes to fruition, the legacy of Back to the Future is secure.

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