Back to the Future becoming a reality? Nike power laces, guitar auction and a musical

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Back to the Future fans will not have long to wait to get their hands on some iconic movie memorabilia and futuristic footwear.

You might remember awhile back when Nike came out with the Nike Back to the Future Air Mag II  shoe. Only 1,500 were made, and they were auctioned off for charity. Had I won the lottery that week, I most likely would have picked up a pair.

Now although those shoes were really cool, you’ll remember the comment Doc Brown makes in the video:

Does this Power Lace?”

Not ’til 2015″ replies the store clerk, who is none other than legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield.

Making an appearance at one of Nike’s design labs 2 weeks ago, Hatfield was asked whether or not power laces were indeed on the docket for 2015. His reply?

“Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!”

Whether or not this technology will appear on a new version of Marty McFly’s iconic shoes (which are from the year 2015, I might add) or another is still undecided. One thing that is decided, however, is that this technology will have shoe aficionados drooling.

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Now if shoes aren’t your thing, how about a guitar?

The custom-made valley arts Stratocaster, which was used to record the sound of Marty’s speaker test and performance at the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance, will be going up for auction on March 15, 2014 at 10am PST. This will be ScreenUsed’s first of three auctions this year.

According to BTTF.com, The guitar was a favourite of session recording artist Tim May and was used in several of his recording sessions:

In addition to famously being used on “Johnny B. Goode”, Tim used this same guitar in the studio recording sessions for hundreds of songs, including “Call Me” by Blondie, Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”, “Saving All My Love” by Whitney Houston, as well as tracks by the Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, the Carpenters, Herb Alpert, Juice Newton, Thelma Houston, and many more. He also used the guitar was to record tracks for television shows such as The Dukes of Hazzard, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, and countless other television & movie productions.

Here’s a video of Tim playing the iconic guitar and a link to the auction at  the site. A percentage of the proceeds garnered from the guitar sale will also be donated to the Micheal J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.

While on the subject of music, it has also been announced that a Back to the future musical is in the works, slated to premiere in the year 2015. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale will be working with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as well as Universal Stage Productions (known for such plays such as Billy Elliot and Wicked) along with Alan Silvestri, who composed the music for the original trilogy.

According to Gale, this isn’t that new of an idea. Zemeckis and Gale have been toying with this idea for over a decade now and they are excited about bringing the production not only to London, but (hopefully) to Broadway after. Here’s what Gale had to say about the announcement:

“The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years. We’re thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film’s composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects. With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

Gale first hinted at the possibility of a musical back in 2004 at the Delorean Car show and convention, after a fan asked about the possiblity of a fourth film. Gale denied that would ever happen but when asked whether he would improve a spin-off in some form, this is what he had to say:

The show will be directed by Jamie Loyd and produced by Colin Ingram and will have Andrew Willis as a “skateboarding consultant”. Let’s just hope their stunts are safer than Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’s.

The year 2015 will signal the 30th anniversary of the film series, and with plenty of cool shoes and a musical to look forward to, fans will not have long to wait to get their Back to the Future fix. If you’re feeling impatient however, you could always try driving at 88 MPH?

Source: BTTF.com, ScreenUsed, Gizmodo, Sole Collector, Daily Mail

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