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I ask this because it was

The highest grossing film of 1985, Back to the Future launched one of the most successful franchises in Universal's history, including two theatrical sequels, an animated television series, a theme park ride, toys, comic books, video games and apparel. http://www.backtothefuture.com/movies

In addition:

Following a year-long grassroots effort initiated by this site, the U.S. Library of Congress announced in December 2007 the preservation of the original Back to the Future film by its addition to the National Film Registry.

In other words it was immensely popular. And the last one was made in 1990. That is just about the timeframe where Hollywood goes and starts making remakes or sequels to milk the cow more. Furthermore, you might get a cameo out of Fox or Lloyd before it's too late.

What is the current state of any plans for the franchise?

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    I really really really hope not... – Daft Jul 28 '15 at 15:33
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    I don't have the actual quote in front of me, but the director made a statement something like Not in my lifetime. So, maybe there will be a sequel or a reboot, but none are in production atm. (Didn't make this an answer because the quote might be slightly off) – Major Stackings Jul 28 '15 at 15:38
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    “And the last one was made in 1990.” The last Ghostbusters film was made in 1989; a remake/sequel/something is due in 2016. We can therefore confidently expect Back to the Future IV: Back to Back to the Future in 2017. That’s just basic maths. – Paul D. Waite Jul 28 '15 at 15:41
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    backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_IV - Not gonna happen until Zemeckis and Gale die. – Valorum Jul 28 '15 at 15:46
  • @Richard: That link is a gold mine – ThePopMachine Jul 28 '15 at 16:13
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TL;DR: No. The rights holders refuse to do a sequel, remake, or allow them to be made.

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Bob Gale (the co-writer and producer of the original films) has did an interview with Yahoo where he said

“Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good,” he says. “That lives up to the originals. I don’t think you can recapture it.”

He has no interest in doing a sequel or reboot, or any director's cuts or special editions

“We’re not going to do Director’s Cuts or make a 3D version or change the special effects. People love them the way they are, we think they’re really good. Let’s not mess with it.”

Additionally, Robert Zemeckis (the director of the franchise) has said in no uncertain terms that there will be no remake.

“Oh, God no,” the 63-year-old director told the Telegraph, when asked if – as one of the two rights holders to the original film, along with co-writer Bob Gale – he would ever consider signing off on a remake.

He explains that he and Bob Gale own the rights, and will continue to block the studios from doing so until they die.

“That can’t happen until both Bob and I are dead. And then I’m sure they’ll do it, unless there’s a way our estates can stop it.

The only new BTTF work we might see is a musical which is still in pre-production.

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    This is welcome news! – Daft Jul 28 '15 at 16:28
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    I can think of plenty of remakes that were as good or better than the originals. The problem is that you have to take off your nostalgia goggles – user31178 Jul 28 '15 at 16:56
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    @CreationEdge This is definitely true, but I think that the creators are trying to say that you have to know the right time to stop and not try to milk more out of something completed and finished. – Malcolm Jul 28 '15 at 20:24
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    @CreationEdge - Well, there's a big collection of remakes here and another one here, of the one's I've seen or at least seen reviews of, it does seem like most are not as good as the original. Out of curiosity can you name a few of the ones you're thinking of? – Hypnosifl Jul 28 '15 at 23:23
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    Re: Faulty Towers –"The decision by Cleese and Booth to quit before a third series has often been lauded, as it ensured the show's successful status wouldn't be weakened with later, lower-quality work. Subsequently, it has inspired the makers of other shows to do likewise." – Mazura Jul 29 '15 at 1:18
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@phantom42 pointed out that that there won't be a movie sequel, but it's worth mentioning that Back to the Future: The Game continues the story where the movie left off.

Bob Gale (co-writer and producer of the film) was involved as a story consultant, and included several scenarios that he and Robert Zemeckis had originally conceived for the films. However, the game is not officially considered series canon.

It's a Telltale adventure game, so it's mainly story-driven: anyone can pick it up, even if you don't consider yourself a gamer.

  • It's also worth mentioning that Back to the Future: The Game was ok in its own right but a big let down as BTTF. – JamesRyan Jul 29 '15 at 10:04
  • I'm quite tempted to move this to a comment on phantom42's answer, but it is probably too long to survive. Would you like to move it? – AncientSwordRage Oct 17 '15 at 15:06
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As Tom Wilson, the actor who played Biff, says in his Questions Song:

Back to the Future IV?
NOT HAPPENING!

  • As funny as this is I don't see why his song would come as an official source to answer this question. Could you expand on it perhaps with some more references? – AncientSwordRage Oct 17 '15 at 15:07
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    @Pureferret, this is a perfectly legitimate source. Presumably, it means he has no knowledge of plans and also has reason to believe it will never happen (with him). Also, have a sense of humor. – ThePopMachine Oct 17 '15 at 15:32

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