Back To The Future is becoming reality, and probably quicker than you think. Remember the flying cars, hoverboards and Jaws 19? These may seem far-fetched, but other things from the movie are already becoming reality. I’m talking about shoes, baseball and cars. Yes, that car.
First up, the shoes.
Inspired by the film, Nike actually manufactured the self-lacing shoes and produced 1,500 pairs to be auctioned off to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Sadly, the shoes don’t actually lace themselves. But they do light up – so they’ve got that going for them.
In the scene when Marty first begins investigating 2015 Hill Valley, he sees a billboard celebrating a Cubs World Series victory, beating Miami. This Chicago Cubs vs. Miami series matchup isn’t that far-fetched.
When the film debuted back in 1989, the state of Florida was devoid of any MLB baseball teams. The mid-1990’s expansion saw the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Florida Marlins come into the league. So what, you say. Well, the Florida Marlins just recently changed their name to the Miami Marlins, due to contractual obligations with their newly built stadium. The change became official on November 11th, and the Marlins will begin play under the Miami moniker with the 2012 season.
But you say the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. That’s true, but now the Cubs now have ex-Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, architect of the 2004 and 2007 champion Red Sox. Needless to say, Epstein has a good track record with historically bad/cursed franchises. What says he can’t do the same with the Cubs.
The only problem with this theory is the Cubs and Marlins can’t actually meet in the World Series, as both teams are in the National League. The best they can do is meet in the National League Championship Series. All things considered, a pretty good guess for a 20-year-old film trying to poke fun at the lovable losers.
And now, saving the best for last: the car.
A few weeks ago, the DeLorean Motor Company of Texas, with no affiliation with the original DeLorean Motor Company, announced it is resurrecting production of the iconic gull-wing car, due out in 2013. But this time, as an electric. However, until the car can eat banana skins and drink beer as fuel, it won’t be as good as Mr. Fusion.
Sadly, there have also been no reports of this DeLorean flying. But hey, scientists still have some time until 2015 to make it happen.
All of this and I haven’t even mentioned Back To The Future: The Game, released last year for PC, PS3 and Wii. Made by Telltale Games, creators of the Monkey Island games, Back To The Future is a sequel of sorts taking place after the film trilogy. The game is an adventure-style trip expanding the Back To The Future storyline. With many subtle nods back to the films, I can’t recommend it enough, even for the non-film fans.
I’m anxious to see what other Back To The Future items make their way to our 2011 reality. Personally, I’m hoping for self-drying jackets, accurate weather service and hoverboards. Fingers crossed.