The Back to the Future trilogy is currently streaming on Netflix, but an eagle-eyed fan alerted franchise creator, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale to something that was amiss. The 1955 scene where Marty McFly discovers Biff’s Oh LàLà magazine in the Grays Sports Almanac during Back to the Future Part II has been censored. The cover of the French magazine showed a lingerie model, which was edited out for a foreign country that had a problem with the scene.
This version somehow ended up on Netflix and Gale has since asked Universal Pictures to “recite the error”.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the Back to the Future legend confirmed: “The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version.
“Apparently, this was a foreign version which neither director Robert Zemeckis nor I even knew existed, for some country that had a problem with the Oh LàLà magazine cover.
“I asked that the studio destroy this version.”
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Gale added: “FYI, Netflix does not edit films — they only run the versions that are supplied to them. So they’re blameless.
“You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future — and with ‘the future.’”
Earlier this month, Josh Gad hosted a virtual Back to the Future reunion on his YouTube series Reunited Apart.
Cast members like Doc and Marty stars Christopher Lloyd and Michael J Fox reenacted scenes from the movies for fans in the charity event.
While Gad asked Gale and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis what a Back to the Future 4 would look like.
The 39-year-old actor said: “Bob and Bob have said there’s never going to be another Back to the Future sequel, which I hope is a lie.
“If hypothetically they were, I would love to hear what you would pitch for Marty and Doc to travel back to and why.”
Producer and co-writer Bob Gale joked: “Well it would have to be that Doc and Marty find out that we’re thinking about making another Back to the Future movie and they come back to stop us from doing such a crazy thing.”
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But interestingly director Robert Zemeckis added: “If I had an idea which I could have pitched to Bob with a straight face, we would have made it.
“I have no answer to that question.”
So maybe he’s suggesting that if there had been a good enough idea for Back to the Future 4 that they could both agree on, it would have happened?
However, this hasn’t occurred and the pair have repeatedly said a fourth movie will never happen.
Cast members consider Gale the gatekeeper of the Back to the Future franchise.
And so stories beyond Part III already exist in other formats from a video game set in 1986 to recent comics and the nineties animated series.
Meanwhile, both Bob G and Bob Z have been behind the Back to the Future musical, which was running in Manchester earlier this year before the lockdown.
The musical plans to move to the West End later this year or when theatres reopen.
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