Yesterday, all over social media was a video of world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk riding a successfully-conceived hoverboard. For Back to the Future fans of my own intensity, our jealousy in this matter knows no bounds. Check it out here:
As I wrote my time travel series, WILTON’S GOLD, due out in December from Writer’s Edge Publishing, and later pitched it to publishers, I had my sights set on 2015. A dedicated fan of the Back to the Future trilogy, I knew that in 2015 – especially as October 21, the day that Marty and Doc traveled to the future, approached – there would be significant renewed interest in the films, and in time travel altogether.
It appears that I’ve guessed correctly. Here are five other things happening that show in 2015 #BacktotheFuture and #timetravel will be regularly trending:
- Lea Thompson on Dancing with the Stars – Sure, Lorraine Baines-McFly was eliminated in Week #9 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, but nine weeks is an awful lot of marketing for the big 2015 BTTF push.
- Nike to Unveil Power-Lace Shoes – Among the coolest inventions from Back to the Future II’s 2015, Marty’s power-lace shoes are due out from Nike in 2015, according to reports. In 2011, the company issued a lookalike pair of the famous shoes, but without the advanced technology. Still, you can generally get a pair of the 2011 version on EBay for about $8,000.
- Recent Major League Baseball Moves – C’mon… I hope people are paying attention to what’s going on. Everyone knows the big joke in Back to the Future II – Cubs and Marlins in the 2015 World Series. With 2015 approaching, though, 2-time Manager of the Year Joe Maddon leaves Tampa Bay to take the helm in Chicago. Meanwhile, Miami locks up their star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton with the largest contract in baseball history, completely changing the dynamic of the Marlins franchise. Yes, yes, forget that Chicago and Miami are both in the National League and can never play against each other in the World Series. But c’mon!
- Back to the Future Musical?! – Yep, this is happening. Robert Zemeckis and original BTTF screen writers Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, working with composer Alan Silvestri, are bringing to fruition an idea that has been bandied about for over a decade. Steven Spielberg is involved again, and they’ve even hired a professional skateboard consultant! The musical will open in London in 2015.
- Ran into this guy at Barnes & Noble the other day… Action figures always mean that there’s chatter out there. I expect to see Doc and Marty in my stocking come Christmas morning! Great Scott!!!
There is no doubt that Back to the Future heavily influenced my storytelling as a writer, and gave me deep interest in time travel as a phenomenon worth exploring. I am excited about 2015, and look forward to daily comparisons of the Spielbergian predictions versus the reality.