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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Back to the Future Part II originally traveled to 1967.
As I wrote in an old Movie Legend, the original screenwriters of Back to the Future, Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis, never intended for the original film to have a sequel. In fact, Bob Gale gave an interesting interview where he discussed how they never would have ended the first film the way that they did if they intended on actually having a sequel. He noted:
Bob [Robert Zemeckis] has said many times before, if we knew we were going to make a part two, we would’ve never put Jennifer in the car at the end. When it came time for us to write part two, we didn’t know what we were gonna do with Jennifer. She wasn’t a very well-defined character, so we had no idea what to do with her. So, what do we do? Well, she’s sub-conscious for most of the film. [laughs]
By the time that the film was released on to VHS at the end of 1986, however, they had made a deal to put out a sequel to the film. Zemeckis at that point, though, was hard at work on the film that would eventually become Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, so he was not involved with the first crack at the screenplay for the sequel, which was at that time just referred to as “Number Two.” Gale’s first draft of the screenplay is pretty much the basic structure of the second film – Marty, Doc and Jennifer to 2015 (although it was October 7, 2015), Biff steals the Sports Almanac and goes back into the past to give it to his younger self, this creates an alternate 1985 and then Marty must go back to the past to stop Biff from giving the book to his younger self.
However, there was a major difference between the original draft and what was eventually made – Marty goes back to 1967!
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