'Back to The Future' to Receive Live Orchestra Accompaniment for 30th Anniversary Rerelease

Composer Alan Silvestri will add 15 minutes of new material to the score
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Where they’re going, they don’t need roads — but, as it turns out, full orchestral accompaniment is a whole other story.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the much-loved time travel adventure Back to the Future, the Robert Zemeckis-directed film is headed back in a way most would never expect. IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency announced a new partnership with Universal Pictures on Tuesday that will see the movie return to venues in 2015 across the globe, accompanied by a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s score.

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Silvestri, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his score to the 1985 classic starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, will provide approximately 15 minutes of new material as part of the performance tour, which will debut with a screening and performance in Lucerne, Switzerland in May of next year.

The new series of orchestral screenings will actually be the second anniversary celebrations for the movie to center around music. In January, it was revealed that Zemeckis, screenwriter Bob Gale and theater director Jamie Lloyd were collaborating on a stage musical version of the story to debut in London at some point during 2015. That musical is also expected to feature new contributions from Silvestri.

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