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The 1980s time travel film Back to the Future is set to become a musical on London’s West End stage in 2015.

Robert Zemeckis, who co-wrote and directed the 1985 Michael J. Fox film, will reunite with co-writer Bob Gale to pen the book for the stage adaptation.

Back to the Future saw Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travel back to 1955 at a crucial point in his parents’ high school relationship.

According to Bob Gale, the musical will be “true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake”.

“We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage,” he said.

Back to the Future is set to become a musical on London's West End stage in 2015

Back to the Future is set to become a musical on London’s West End stage in 2015

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.”

The comedy adventure, which co-starred Christopher Lloyd, was a huge hit for Robert Zemeckis and spawned two sequels.

Composer Alan Silvestri – who scored many of Robert Zemeckis’s films, including Romancing the Stone, Forrest Gump and Cast Away – will co-author the music and lyrics for the show with songwriter Glen Ballard.

Glen Ballard, a six-time Grammy winner, co-wrote and produced Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill album and co-wrote the music for the stage adaptation of Ghost.

Jamie Lloyd – who directed James McAvoy last year in a sell-out production of Macbeth at London’s Trafalgar Studios – will direct the production.

The 33-year-old’s other credits include a Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic and She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre.

Back to the Future joins a number of hit films from the 1980s that have spawned stage musicals, among them Dirty Dancing, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Ghost.

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