In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly travels to October 21, 2015, to save his children, yet to be born in “Back to the Future’s” 1985. And today is finally the day in which the futuristic movie was set.
In Today’s present day we certainly see that the famous movie was perhaps a little off with its futuristic predictions since we still haven’t fully gotten to hover boards, self-tied shoes, hydrated pizza and flying cars.
Movie director Zemeckis jokingly said on the film’s behind-the-scenes featurette that the hoverboards (flying skateboards) used in it were real, yet not released to the public, due to parental complaints regarding safety.
Footage of “real hoverboards” were also featured in the extras of a DVD release of the trilogy. A number of people thought Zemeckis was telling the truth and requested them at toy stores.
In an interview, actor Thomas F. Wilson said one of the most frequent questions he was asked was if they are real.
Another famous prediction of the film was the Jaws 19 movie that was supposed to be directed by ‘’Max Spielberg’’, but in reality the Jaws franchise stopped after the fourth movie leaving the next 15 sequels unproduced to this day.
This didn’t stop Universal movies from poking fun at the idea with its own fake trailer for the fake film being released on YouTube earlier this month.
Also, in the 2015 Back to the Future scene, the film imagines the Chicago Cubs winning the 2015 World Series against the Miami-based Gators, referencing the Cubs’ longstanding failure to win a championship; when the film was made Florida had yet to have a Major League Baseball team.
The film also shows Marty putting on Nike tennis shoes with automatic shoelaces. Nike released a version of their Hyperdunk Supreme shoes, which appear similar to Marty’s, in July 2008. Fans dubbed them the Air McFly.
To honor the film date, many promotions have been planned to celebrate the film series on this date, many playing to the depiction of the future in the film, including:
- Universal and Mattelproduced an advertisement for the fictional child’s hoverboard as seen in the film.
- Pepsi produced a limited run of the “Pepsi Perfect” soft drink, including the unique bottles, to be sold starting on October 21, 2015.
- Rocket League will release the “Back to the Future Car Pack DLC” on October 21, with DeLorean as a Battle-Car and other Back to the Future-related items
Also in celebration of the special date many movie theaters are screening the Back to the Future movies, with hardcore fans of the trilogy already buying tickets to commemorate this special occasion.