Back to the Future writer Bob Gale revealed he asked for Netflix’s edited sequel of the film to be destroyed.
The writer and director Robert Zemeckis had no idea there was another version in existence but puts the blame on Universal.
A tiny section of the 1989 sequel was changed – specifically when Marty finds the Oh La La magazine within the sports almanac dustcover – and fans were peeved.
The cover of the magazine – which showed a lingerie model – was edited out but the standard version has since been put back up.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Bob explained: ‘The blame is on Universal who somehow furnished Netflix an edited version of the movie.
‘I learned about it some 10 days ago from an eagle-eyed fan, and had the studio rectify the error. The version now running is the uncensored, unedited, original version.’Bob asked for the version to be destroyed (Picture: Perfect/REX) The front cover was edited out (Picture: Netflix)
He went on to say it was a foreign version he and Robert weren’t aware of as one country ‘had a problem’ with the magazine cover.
‘I asked that the studio destroy this version,’ the 68-year-old continued. ‘FYI, Netflix does not edit films — they only run the versions that are supplied to them. So they’re blameless.
‘You can direct your ire at Universal, but I think they will be a lot more careful in the future — and with “the future.”‘
Hey @netflix you wanna explain to me why you edited #BackToTheFuturePart2 ? This is the original scene. You cut out the magazine cover discovery and 2 lines from Marty. And not even that well. Your edit was sloppy AF. What gives? pic.twitter.com/93PRXa3TMQ— Salty Nerd (@salty_nerd) May 19, 2020
Fans originally took to Twitter to share their disappointment with the scene being edited.
They blamed Netflix for the changes despite the platform not being responsible for the version they receive.
One fan previously posted: ‘Here’s the @netflix edit of Back to the Future Part 2. If they sloppily edited this beloved trilogy, WHO KNOWS what OTHER films they’ve tampered with without you even noticing?’
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‘Hey @netflix you wanna explain to me why you edited #BackToTheFuturePart2 ? This is the original scene,’ another complained. ‘You cut out the magazine cover discovery and 2 lines from Marty. And not even that well. Your edit was sloppy AF. What gives?’
Hey, it’s now been cleared up by the writer himself so we can put away our pitchforks.
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