| Chris Melzer |
NEW YORK (dpa) – On October 21, 2015, Marty McFly will appear in Hill Valley posing as his own son to prevent his offspring from being thrown into prison.
The storyline of “Back to the Future II” is familiar to all film lovers, as are many of the prophecies made by director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale when trying to predict in 1988 what life would be like in 2015.
But how many of them have actually come to pass?
Although there is still time, the floating hoverboard used by Michael J Fox still does not exist.
However, French artist Nils Guadagnin has created one that floats through simple electromagnetism, with a laser stabilisation system that adjusts the magnets to keep the board afloat under duress. The only problem is it doesn’t work if you stand on it.
This is still a significant step beyond the standard of the “Back to the Future” hoverboard produced by Mattel, which is simply a board that doesn’t hover.
There is certainly no sign of automatic fitting jackets and self-lacing trainers becoming everyday items. Sports manufacturer Nike has released a limited edition version of the Hyperdunks worn by Marty in the film and Nike designer Tinker Hatfield said earlier this year that he would like to see power laces in 2015.
Flying cars and rehydrated pizzas are still nowhere on the immediate horizon, but fingerprint identity sensors for doors is a possibility.
Additionally, the cinema-going public seems more in love with 3-D and sequels than ever. It should be added, however, that the idea of watching “Jaws 19” in glorious Holomax remains a step too far.
“Bob Z (Robert Zemeckis) and I knew that everyone always predicts the future incorrectly, and we knew that we would, too. So our approach was to have fun with it and do the best we could by extrapolating trends and technology that we thought was cutting-edge in 1988,” Gale said in an interview with Hasslein Books.
“We knew there wouldn’t be flying cars or hoverboards or food hydrators, but these elements made for the right tone.
“Yes, of course we researched as much as we could. Being in the entertainment business, we were certainly following trends in home video technology, so we combined certain elements we observed and got a good approximation of where we are now.”
For example, there is a scene where another member of Hill Valley’s Preservation Society holds out a tablet for Marty to sign an electronic petition. The advent of video conferencing, large wall-mounted flat screen TVs and multiple TV channels was also accurately predicted by Zemeckis and Gale.
By contrast, fax machines never became the preferred form of communication as asserted in the film, while laser discs had an equally short lifespan.
While there ended up being four “Jaws” incarnations, there does not seem to be any chance of a “Back to the Future 4” ever being made. Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown, is now 76 and Michael J Fox suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.
Instead, Gale and Zemeckis are working on a “Back to the Future” musical, which is expected to premiere in London’s West End in 2015.
However, fans can still honour the film’s creators by spending October 21, 2015 (The day Marty and Doc Brown went forward in time to in “Back to the Future II”) by adhering to the predicted fashion and walking around wearing two ties and with their pockets pulled out.