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(Twitter)   Speaking of memos, here's one from studio head Sid Sheinberg to Steven Spielberg suggesting he scrap the name "Back to the Future" and change it to "Spaceman From Pluto" instead   ( twitter.com) divider line
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2018-02-02 05:11:22 PM  
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2018-02-02 05:11:53 PM  
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2018-02-02 05:15:27 PM  
"Interoffice Memorandum" was the first sign that an epic fail was about to be proposed. I understand this memo was directed back to the sender with a large brown stain across it.
 
2018-02-02 05:17:24 PM  

girlygirlmpls: "Interoffice Memorandum" was the first sign that an epic fail was about to be proposed. I understand this memo was directed back to the sender with a large brown stain across it.


Now go home and get your farkin' Sheinberg!
 
2018-02-02 05:18:48 PM  
Write a theme song for THAT, Huey
 
2018-02-02 05:34:31 PM  
as thus began the inspiration for:

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2018-02-02 05:43:26 PM  

FlashHarry: girlygirlmpls: "Interoffice Memorandum" was the first sign that an epic fail was about to be proposed. I understand this memo was directed back to the sender with a large brown stain across it.

Now go home and get your farkin' Sheinberg!


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Yes, absolutely one of the greatest lines in movie history.
 
2018-02-02 05:53:06 PM  
In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.
 
2018-02-02 07:43:40 PM  
You know, the process he lays out for changing the name is actually quite brilliant.

But that being said, "Space Man From Pluto" is the most godawful title I have ever heard in my LIFE.  For Anything.  Even for an actual "spaceman from Pluto"
 
2018-02-02 07:50:01 PM  
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2018-02-02 08:01:13 PM  
It's really funny to see an argument that somebody would make during a three-martini lunch written down in a bullet-point memo.
 
2018-02-02 08:01:22 PM  
Same guy who ruined the ending of Brazil .
 
2018-02-02 08:03:33 PM  
How in the wide world of sports is "Space Man From Pluto" less of a "genre" title than "Back To The Future?"
 
2018-02-02 08:04:08 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.


A summer tentpole sci-fi fantasy movie that doesn't have special effects flying around in the background in every single scene and explosions all over the place? We'll get right on that.
 
2018-02-02 08:06:08 PM  

Courtney Cox-Zucker: Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.

A summer tentpole sci-fi fantasy movie that doesn't have special effects flying around in the background in every single scene and explosions all over the place? We'll get right on that.


And no buff male heartthrob as a lead, either.  They'd try to cast Ryan Gosling as Marty and Chris Pratt as Doc Brown.
 
2018-02-02 08:11:30 PM  
and does the shark have to be so mean?
 
2018-02-02 08:14:46 PM  

FrancoFile: Courtney Cox-Zucker: Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.

A summer tentpole sci-fi fantasy movie that doesn't have special effects flying around in the background in every single scene and explosions all over the place? We'll get right on that.

And no buff male heartthrob as a lead, either.  They'd try to cast Ryan Gosling as Marty and Chris Pratt as Doc Brown.


Pratt is too young to play Doc. Jon Hamm.
 
2018-02-02 08:19:10 PM  

Courtney Cox-Zucker: Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.

A summer tentpole sci-fi fantasy movie that doesn't have special effects flying around in the background in every single scene and explosions all over the place? We'll get right on that.


the time period is too problematic.
 
2018-02-02 08:24:15 PM  
Uh bligatory (nsfw wordy thingies)

Back to the Future, as Explained by John Mulaney
Youtube _6nqXxfoJAU
 
2018-02-02 08:36:24 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: How in the wide world of sports is "Space Man From Pluto" less of a "genre" title than "Back To The Future?"


Pluto was a real planet back then.
 
2018-02-02 08:48:58 PM  
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2018-02-02 08:56:02 PM  
"Great suggestion.  Here's another bale of cocaine.  GTFO."
 
2018-02-02 09:05:25 PM  
Eventually that exec got his way.
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2018-02-02 09:22:03 PM  
They both ignored my title idea, "Oedipus in a Vest".
 
2018-02-02 09:56:09 PM  
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Well, because back then Studio Execs, we were... we were just dopes in suits...

 
2018-02-02 10:16:37 PM  

thatguyoverthere70: How in the wide world of sports is "Space Man From Pluto" less of a "genre" title than "Back To The Future?"


As I understand, studio executives, whose brains function at a higher level than those of us mere mortals due to a constant infusion of cocaine, had determined that the word "future" in a movie title is box office poison.

Also, as I understand, Speilberg responded to the memo by saying that everyone had a laugh at the great joke and that Sheinberg was too embarrassed to admit that he was serious.
 
2018-02-02 10:57:27 PM  
As I understand it, this memo was sent as a joke. Only today's internet liberals (ugh) would take it seriously.
 
2018-02-02 11:14:08 PM  

Dammyl: As I understand it, this memo was sent as a joke. Only today's internet liberals (ugh) would take it seriously.


Or...

Dimensio: Also, as I understand, Speilberg responded to the memo by saying that everyone had a laugh at the great joke and that Sheinberg was too embarrassed to admit that he was serious.


...which makes more sense. A studio exec with an on-point sense of humor? Truly unbelievable.
 
2018-02-02 11:43:15 PM  
For reasons, I thought that was the title of George McFlys book.
 
2018-02-03 12:26:18 AM  
Just like when they pitched The Walking Dead, ABC wanted the Show, just with no zombies
 
2018-02-03 12:29:42 AM  

Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.


Nonsense! Hell, just slap a Ghostbusters logo on the DeLorean, and maybe put a Knight Rider sensor on the front, and make it part of a race, and you have yourself a mov-

I can't keep a straight face. That's just a dumb idea. Nobody would ever do that.
 
2018-02-03 01:46:34 AM  

Holfax: They both ignored my title idea, "Oedipus in a Vest".


... Shoulda made that "Oedipus in a Lifejacket".
 
2018-02-03 02:19:16 AM  
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Obscure?
 
2018-02-03 06:28:50 AM  
Sid Sheinberg's a jerk who tried to give Brazil a happy ending.
 
2018-02-03 07:29:26 AM  

swahnhennessy: Same guy who ruined the ending of Brazil .


The Battle for Brazil
Youtube aSdW24KhyJQ


It's a bit long.. but very interesting in showing how much Gilliam had to fight for his version.
 
2018-02-03 08:02:57 AM  

Dammyl: As I understand it, this memo was sent as a joke. Only today's internet liberals (ugh) would take it seriously.


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2018-02-03 10:34:52 AM  

Dammyl: As I understand it, this memo was sent as a joke. Only today's internet liberals (ugh) would take it seriously.


Source: FWD:FWD:FWD:FWD: You wont believe this one weird thing Internet Liberals hate!
 
2018-02-03 11:25:26 AM  

PainInTheASP: You know, the process he lays out for changing the name is actually quite brilliant.

But that being said, "Space Man From Pluto" is the most godawful title I have ever heard in my LIFE.  For Anything.  Even for an actual "spaceman from Pluto"


Except that you lose the awesome joke of the Star Wars/Trek mash-up. That was a fun joke for me as a kid. And the book cover was a perfectly fine gag as it was.

I bet the studio exec had no clue that Vader and Spock were from entirely different (competing?) sci-fi universes so the the nuances of the joke sailed over his head.
 
2018-02-03 02:43:29 PM  

FrancoFile: Courtney Cox-Zucker: Bith Set Me Up: In the early 1980s, Back To The Future was a hard sell to the studios, even with Spielberg's endorsement. Today, it'd be even tougher trying to pitch the film.

A summer tentpole sci-fi fantasy movie that doesn't have special effects flying around in the background in every single scene and explosions all over the place? We'll get right on that.

And no buff male heartthrob as a lead, either.  They'd try to cast Ryan Gosling as Marty and Chris Pratt as Doc Brown.


Maybe even a young Eric Stolz-type as Marty?
 
2018-02-03 09:09:57 PM  

PainInTheASP: You know, the process he lays out for changing the name is actually quite brilliant.

But that being said, "Space Man From Pluto" is the most godawful title I have ever heard in my LIFE.  For Anything.  Even for an actual "spaceman from Pluto"


Billy and the Cloneasaurus
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