If BTTF IV was a reality, it is likely that it would continue on the theme as the trilogy.

Back to the Future Part IV is a long-rumored sequel of the Back to the Future trilogy. On May 27, 2008, after the opening of the first Indiana Jones film since 1989, and other sites reported that Bob Gale had ruled out the possibility. At a question and answer session on April 19 at Celebration, Florida, (in conjunction with a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South Florida). Gale opened the session with a statement. "Let me answer one question before anyone asks it, which is, 'Is there ever going to be a Back to the Future Part IV?'. No."

No Part IV

Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Neil Canton, at the Back-to-back-to-back trilogy screening in Hollywood on May 24, 1990, clearly showing their thoughts on a Back to the Future Part IV.

Responding to what described as "an immediate stream of groans and obvious displeasure from the audience regarding the answer," Gale added, "Well now, wait a minute now. We've all seen, sometimes, where they make one too many sequels, and you say, 'Maybe they shouldn't have done that.' I'm not going to name any names of movies, but you know what they are!"

He added, "But more importantly, as I'm sure you all know, Michael J. Fox is not in the best of shape with his Parkinson's. The idea of making another Back to the Future movie without Michael J. Fox... you know, that's like saying, 'I'm going to cook you a steak dinner and I'm going to hold the beef.' You can't do that."

Gale added, "I'm sure Universal would love it if we were to say to them, 'Hey, let's do another one!' but we don't think we could ever make a fourth one that would live up to how great the first three are, so we're going to leave well enough alone." [1]

As stated by several of those that made the trilogy, BTTF IV is not likely to happen, at least not anytime soon.

In reference, an episode of Spin City in which Christopher Lloyd cameoed was titled "Back to the Future Part IV: Judgment Day".

On April 1, 2009, an April Fool's Day joke was created when a story was published regarding news of a BTTF IV in the works.

Once again, in November 2010, Bob Gale spoke to as part of a Myth Debunking story , and restated that both Robert Zemeckis and him "have no plans or desires to make another Back to the Future movie -- not a Part 4, or a remake of Part 1." Gale added that "nor does Universal or Amblin have any such plans. How do we know? Because, per our contracts with these companies, no Back to the Future sequel or remake can even be scripted without discussing it with us first. No such discussions have taken place. We are very proud of the Trilogy as it stands and we want to leave it as is."[2]

The only commercial sequels to the film series have not come in the form of a fourth film. The cartoon Back to the Future: The Animated Series and its spinoff comic books loosely followed the events of the film series, with a focus on child-friendly jokes and science lessons, while the computer game Back to the Future: The Game presented a more adult-skewed take on the events following the films. The canonicity of either or both of these is unclear.

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Notes and references

  1. "BackTalk: Bob Gale dashes any hope for 'Back to the Future 4'",, May 25, 2008
  2. 'Back to the Future' Myths and Misinformation Debunked November 11, 2010

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