Back To The Future writer tells Universal to 'destroy' censored version

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 May 2020
Bob Gale

Bob Gale

'Back To The Future' writer Bob Gale told Universal to "destroy" an edited version of the 1989 sequel after a censored edition of the movie ended up on Netflix

Bob Gale asked Universal to "destroy" a censored version of 'Back To The Future: Part II'.

The screenwriter – who penned the iconic time travel trilogy with director Robert Zemeckis – has blamed the studio for Netflix ending up with an "edited version" which omitted a scene where Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) thinks he's found the sports almanac in Principal Strickland's (James Tolkan) office, only to discover it's actually a raunchy magazine.

He told the Hollywood Reporter: "Apparently, this was a foreign version which neither director Robert Zemeckis nor I even knew existed, for some country that had a problem with the Oh La La magazine cover.

"I asked that the studio destroy this version. FYI, Netflix does not edit films – they only run the versions that are supplied to them.

"So they're blameless. You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future – and with 'the future.' "

The streaming platform has all three movies available to watch – including the original 1985 film, its 1989 sequel and 1990's Wild West-inspired third flick.

Now, Gale is glad the service is airing "original version", after making sure Universal had dealt with the censoring issue.

He added: "The blame is on Universal who somehow furnished Netflix an edited version of the movie.

"I learned about it some ten days ago from an eagle-eyed fan, and had the studio rectify the error. The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version."

Gale and Zemeckis recently joined the movie's cast – including stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson – for Josh Gad's 'Reunited Apart' YouTube series, and the former once again dismissed the idea of a fourth movie.

He quipped: "It would have to be that Doc and Marty find out that we're thinking about making another 'Back To The Future' movie and come back to stop us from doing such a crazy thing."

Back to the Future Part 2

  • 3 stars
  • 1989
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue

Finishing with a big tease sequence of highlights for the mid-1990 scheduled Back to the Future Part 3, this could be the longest movie trailer in Hollywood history. Once again Michael has to outfox Biff, this time zooming forwards as well as backwards in the time machine. Directed and played with terrific verve, 'BTF2…

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