We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines (2015)
We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy
by Caseen Gaines
The Back to the Future films took viewers on a fantastical ride, and now, thirty years later, fans can go behind the scenes thanks to author Caseen Gaines’ We Don’t Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy. Gaines does not just give us a recap of the plots with a few anecdotes sprinkled about; he takes us all the way back to the beginning of Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s original vision. The story of Eric Stoltz’s part in the original film is told in detail, as well as how Michael J. Fox became involved. During his research, Gaines conducted interviews with several of the key players, from Zemeckis and Gale to Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd, as well as many other individuals involved that are not household names.
Half the book is dedicated to the original film, and rightly so. Without that foundation that was laid thirty years ago, the hover boards and self-lacing shoes of Back to the Future Part II would never have been dreamed up. For Part II, Gaines delves into stories about phone calls from fans about the availability of the hoverboards in stores, the tragic accident that nearly killed a stunt woman, and the treatment of actor Jeffrey Weissman, who replaced Crispin Glover as George McFly. Part III is relegated to one chapter, which makes sense as it is the most forgettable of the trilogy.
We Don’t Need Roads is a fun look back at one of the most endearing time travel movies of all-time. It is well written, and packed with information from front to back.