But WHY Was Oct. 21, 2015 Picked By The Back To The Future II Writers? Here’s The Answer
Rick Chandler 12:44 pm, October 21st, 2015
So, happy Back to the Future day. Do you realize from tomorrow onward, all the events in that movie franchise will have happened in the past? You may be sick of all of this by now, but remember -- by Oct. 22, it will all be over, for good. And the reason people are making such a fuss is that they were excellent movies. Parts of people's childhoods.
Although technically we can't celebrate yet. Marty landed at 4:29 p.m.
Just about every aspect of Back to the Future II day has been examined ... except the following. Why exactly did the writers choose this day for Marty McFly to jump to? And why 30-year increments?
Screenwriter and producer Bob Gale was primarily responsible for the timeline in the movies, and was the one who settled on Oct. 21, 2015. Mike Ayers of the Wall Street Jouirnal talked with Gale, who revealed the reason for that date:
“We thought of something that somebody would say, ‘I wished I’d bet money on that,’” said Bob Gale. “The Cubs winning the World Series was the most absurd thing we could think of. If the Cubs were going to win the World Series, what date would that be on?
"In 1988, when we wrote this, there was only one set of playoffs, not two. If the World Series was going on and the Cubs were going to sweep the World Series, it could’ve happened on October 21. That’s how we arrived on that day.”
Yep, you have the Cubs to thank.
But why 30-year increments, and why begin in 1955? Gale explains that as well. WSJ:
Gale says he landed on 30 year increments as good measures of how far back and into the future Marty would travel based on another joke the first two movies rests upon: Marty inventing rock and roll, as he’s seen doing in “Back to the Future” and “Back to the Future Part II,” when he gets up on stage at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance and channels his inner Chuck Berry.
“That was a real central idea,” Gale says. “1955 was about the last year we could use before rock and roll really was invented. And it had to be Johnny B. Goode.”
Trivia, from the London Telegraph:
A few months after Huey Lewis and the News recorded "The Power of Love" for the Back to the Future soundtrack, they were asked by Columbia Pictures to write the theme to Ghostbusters. Loyal to Zemeckis and Co., they declined.