'Back to the Future' Gets 30th Anniversary Screenings With Live Orchestra

Composer Alan Silvestri will add 15 minutes of new material to his Academy Award–nominated score for the traveling rerelease

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in 'Back To The Future'. Credit: Everett

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future next year, Universal Pictures will rerelease the 1985 Michael J. Fox time-travel classic with live orchestration. According to Variety, the film will be screened in various venues around the world without the score, so that a live orchestra could perform Alan Silvestri's Academy Award–nominated music. The orchestra will also perform 15 minutes of new music that the composer wrote specifically for the engagements.

The first performance of Back to the Future with live orchestration will take place in May 2015 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The presentation was co-created by IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, who previously added live orchestration to films like West Side Story, Star Trek and Home Alone. No other screening dates or details have yet been announced. A London musical based on the Robert Zemeckis film is also planned for 2015.

In semi-related Back to the Future news – since Nike has already mastered the self-tying shoe – Marty McFly's hoverboard from Back to the Future II remains one of the few futuristic concepts in the sequel that has not yet been developed. That could change in the near future: A new Kickstarter campaign has been created to help assist California company Arx Pax create their functional Hendo hoverboard, Paste reports. So far, the company has built a model that utilizes magnets to float three centimeters above the ground for 15 minutes, but further research is required to fully realize the board. The Kickstarter campaign will end on December 15th.