|2 more days!|
|Seriously, people, it's not hard to fact-check these.|
|"Valentine's Day. Bummer."|
So lets go back to the past.
|Or what used to be the present, because to them, this is the future... oh, never mind.|
|You had your chance and you blew it, Fox! Let Marvel have a go!|
I’m not entirely sure how true this information is, though, since Gale and Zemeckis supposedly have any and all sequel rights to Back to the Future, but for whatever reason, they agreed to come back as long as the major cast members also returned to reprise their roles. While Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd agreed to return, there were a couple actors who declined the offer.
Claudia Wells, who played Jennifer, was replaced by Elizabeth Shue when Wells bowed out of the role after her mother developed cancer. As for Crispin Glover, he wanted more money than the $125,000 that the studio was willing to fork over. So they replaced him with Jeffrey Weissman, who was given heavy facial prosthetics to make him look like Crispin Glover. On top of that, they added sunglasses, put him in the background, and even hung him upside-down for one scene to keep the change in cast a secret. And on top of that, they used stock footage of Glover from the first film whenever they could. This wound up backfiring. Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Mr. Glover, there are now Screen Actors’ Guild policies that prevent films from unlawfully reproducing the likeness of other actors.
The change in cast necessitated altering the script heavily to eliminate as much of George McFly’s presence as they could. The first draft of the script was written by Bob Gale while Robert Zemeckis was off making 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It originally took place in the 60’s, with Marty having to ensure his own conception, but that was dropped when Zemeckis returned. Good thing, too. That would have been hard to do without Crispin Glover. Can’t very well have George McFly not be there for his own son’s conception, right?
Well… they could always have Marty turn out to be his own dad… but I think that might have given the movie an R-rating.
|Or TV-14, at any rate.|
|None of this.|
And boy howdy, this sequel was going to be packed with action, thrills, time travel, you name it. The two sequels were shot back to back, as they were originally planned to be a single movie with the working title of “Paradox.”
And… well, there you have it.
The process of making the film was actually pretty straight forward. 90% of the cast returned, the film smoothly went through some rewrites before filming, and it went on to be released November 22, 1989.
It... didn’t do too well. It did fine, earning $118.5 million in the US and $332 million worldwide, but it still placed behind movies like Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which proved to be bigger draws.
It met mixed reactions too, as opposed to the near-unanimous praise of the first one.
So what happened? Did going bigger and better fall flat? Was this just a retread of the first film? Well, get off that hoverboard, grab your Pepsi Perfect, turn off all six channels on your TV screen, and put down your Doc Brown LEGO minifigs.
|That means you too, Doc.|
Coming up in Part 1! Back to the… present?