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Robert Zemeckis, Universal at Work on ‘Back to the Future’ Musical for West End

Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale have teamed with Universal Stage Prods., producer Colin Ingram and Amblin Entertainment to turn 1985 time-travel comedy “Back to the Future” into a stage musical.

Zemeckis, who directed the pic, and original screenwriter Gale will collaborate with theater helmer Jamie Lloyd to pen the book to the tuner, which will have original music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard augmenting songs from the movie by acts including Huey Lewis and the News and Chuck Berry. Lloyd, whose London stage credits include the musical version of “The Commitments” and the James McAvoy-toplined revival of “Macbeth,” will helm “Back to the Future,” aiming for a West End berth in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

Universal Stage Prods. has a hand in theater-world blockbusters “Wicked” and “Billy Elliot,” while Ingram produced the musical version of “Ghost” (which had songs co-written by “Jagged Little Pill” co-writer and producer Ballard). Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M also produce.

Silvestri has composed music for all of Zemeckis’ films beginning with “Romancing the Stone” in 1984 and including the three “Back to the Future” pics.

Design team for the tuner includes Soutra Gilmour (sets and costumes), Paul Kieve (illusions) and Jon Clark (lights). Andrew Willis scores the rare legit title of skateboard consultant.

Familiar storyline of the movie follows 80s teen Marty McFly, played in the film by Michael J. Fox, as he accidentally sends himself into the past and must struggle to get his parents together in order to ensure his own existence.

Exact dates, West End venue and potential Broadway plans for “Back to the Future” remain to be set.

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