Bob Gale has revealed that the long-hidden footage of Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future may see the light of day.
The BTTF co-writer admitted that the footage of Stoltz as Marty McFly could have been destroyed, however was not and is currently locked away.
“I’m not going to say never. We did not destroy the footage, because we expect that sometime, in some future anniversary, we may let it get out there. They may see it sometime. I’m not going to say for sure, much less when. But I will say that we had the opportunity to completely destroy it. And we did not. So, it does exist in a vault somewhere.”
Gale is quick to exercise caution, adding that fans would likely not impress, given the actor’s serious take on the McFly character.
“I have seen all of the Eric Stoltz footage, and we would not be having this conversation! The movie would have been released. But it would not have caught on the way it did. I don’t think. I don’t think it would have been successful enough to make two sequels.”
Stoltz played McFly for five weeks of filming, before he was replaced by Michael J. Fox. The film would go on to have two sequels.