It was the moment that Cubs fans have been eagerly waiting for for over a hundred years, and it finally happened late, late Wednesday night. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908, breaking a streak so well-known that it’s been referenced in countless feature films. One such feature film is “Back to the Future: Part II” — and screenwriter Bob Gale has complex emotions about how the win will change future viewings of the 1989 film
In the sequel, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels forward in time to 2015 where he’s surprised to learn that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series — against a team from Miami, no less. And that’s when he’s given the idea to go grab a sports almanac and go back in time to bet on the Cubs, who were given a 100 to 1 shot to win. So yes, the sequel actually predicted that the Cubs would win the series, just a year earlier in 2015. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Gale, who said that coming so close to the actual year “pretty astounding.”
“[Director] Bob [Zemeckis] and I have been talking about this since last year, of course, when it looked like our prediction might actually come true in the right year,” Gale said. “So the question now is: so, they’ve won, is the joke ever going to be funny again? It’s not an usual event now.” THR notes that Zemeckis actually went to games 4 and 5 in Chicago.
Gale says the prospect of the Cubs winning gave him “mixed emotions because I was thinking if the Cubs lose, people will still laugh at the joke and if the Cubs win, then we made an almost accurate prediction. The best part of it is that it was a gag that was so memorable, here we are still talking about it and that’s gratifying, that Back to the Future means to much to so many people.”
Gale reflected on how they came up with the line in the first place, saying that he and director Bob Zemeckis “wanted to come up with something that would motivate Marty [McFly] to go get a sports almanac and think about using the information from his 30-year time-traveling trip to make money. So, we tried to think of the most ridiculous and unbelievable sports event that we could think of, and that was the Cubs winning the World Series.”
Of course the “Back to the Future” Twitter account couldn’t let this event slip by without mention. They even came up with a reason why the win was delayed from 2015 to 2016:
— Back to the Future™ (@BacktotheFuture) November 3, 2016
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