Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in ‘Back to the Future’ (Universal)
Where we’re going, we don’t need home entertainment systems.
Buckle up and get your flux capacitor firing, because the Back to the Future trilogy is headed back to the big screen on Oct. 21 for a one-night event. (Go here for more details.) Universal made the announcement in London on Friday, where the trilogy’s cast — including stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson — reunited for a 30th anniversary celebration of the franchise’s first film. The Robert Zemeckis-directed flick was the highest-grossing film of 1985.
The date of the re-release marks the exact date that Marty McFly, Fox’s time-hopping teenager, landed in Back to the Future Part II, a film that saw him zip ahead in time to rescue his future family. The world isn’t exactly like the film predicted — Jaws 19 won’t be playing and the theater won’t be called a Holomax — but any world in which Marty and Co. are back in theaters is a good one.
Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox reunited (Instagram)
A splashy rerelease in theaters has become a common for iconic films in this age of the nostalgia-driven internet; earlier this month, Jaws was put back in theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It’s a fan-driven version of the old revival house tradition, though it’s not the hard-to-find and forgotten classics that are getting the spotlight anymore.
For those who can’t make it out to the theaters on Oct. 21— or just want to spend life stuck in a perpetual (and delightful) time loop — the franchise is being released in a brand new box set that comes in a collectible, light-up Flux Capacitor packaging. The package is stocked with extras, including bonus features, documentaries, a vinyl soundtrack, a 64-page book, and the entire Back to the Future: The Animated Series.
Watch the trailer for ‘Back to the Future’ below: