While “Back to the Future 2” was a huge success, comedian Crispin Glover did not share the craze. Indeed, the latter sued Robert Zemeckis because he used his image without his consent.
Back to the future 2 : We take the same and start again
In 1989, after the success of the first opus, Robert Zemeckis decides to embark on the production of Back to the future 2. It must be said that in 1985, despite mixed critical feedback, Back to the future is a huge hit with spectators. For a budget of 19 million dollars, Back to the future brings back more than 381 million. The feature was even nominated four times at the Oscars and walked away with the statuette for Best Sound Editing. Of course, Universal pushes Zemeckis to stage a sequel.
So that’s what he does four years later. Here again, this second part is a huge success. The feature film is nominated once at the Oscars. On the box office side, it brings in more than $ 332 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 40 million). A third episode is also filmed in the wake of this second part. It will see the light of day a year later in theaters. Since then, no one has dared to touch up Back to the future !
Crispin Glover back up against Robert Zemeckis
A shared success, which can be explained by the staging of Robert Zemeckis, by the inventive screenplay of Bob Gale, but also by a very effective cast led by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Yet some comedians like Crispin Glover and Claudia Wells did not return in the sequel. Claudia Wells, who played Jennifer Parker in the first opus, is therefore replaced by Elisabeth Shue in Back to the future 2. As a result, the opening sequence of the feature film, which picked up from the end of Back to the future, was completely returned identically with Elisabeth Shue.
But the big change actually came from Crispin Glover. The latter plays Marty’s father in the first opus. But Crispin Glover was replaced by Jeffrey Weissman in the second installment. The comedian has been made up to look like Crispin Glover to the fullest. Several explanations have been put forward to legitimize the absence of the actor. Apparently, Crispin Glover would have simply declined the invitation to return to the sequels of Back to the future. Robert Zemeckis then decided to use cut scenes from the first film to incorporate Crispin Glover into the Back to the future 2.
The problem is that the filmmaker did not ask Crispin Glover for permission. A decision that led Crispin Glover to sue Robert Zemeckis. The actor criticized the studio and the filmmaker for using his image without his permission. An agreement was finally reached between the two parties. This one even drove the Union of American Actors to pass new laws on the re-use of actor work. And if Crispin Glover won his case, he ended up reconciling with Robert Zemeckis since it was he who played Grendel in The Legend of Beowulf. As for the saga Back to the future, it is currently protected from any remake or reboot by Robert Zemeckis himself. And that’s rather good news !