Can’t Stop sends “Back to the Future” doc to 40 territories

Originally commissioned by France's D8, Back to the Present is a one-off doc special that reflects on the way the year 2015 was portrayed in the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II.
October 14, 2015

A documentary about the Back to the Future film franchise is headed to 40 territories overseas.

Commissioned by French channel D8 and produced by AlloHouston, Back to the Present explores the way the future was portrayed in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II with how things actually turned out.

London- and Paris-based distributor Can’t Stop Media has sold the film to History in the U.S., which will air the hour-long doc special on Sunday (October 18), a few days ahead of the October 21, 2015 date the characters played by Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd time-travel to in the second movie.

Discovery acquired the film for free channels in Spain and Italy and for its pay-TV network in Poland. Back to the Present will also air in the UK and Ireland on a yet-to-be-named OTT platform.

Other broadcasters that have picked up the doc include Japan’s Nippon TV, Germany’s RTL2, Brazil’s Globosat, Belgium’s RTBF and SRF and RTS in Switzerland. DirecTV will air the film in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and the larger Caribbean basin.

Deals for French-speaking Canada and other territories are in the works, according to the distributor.

Back to the Present features interviews with the filmmakers and cast who reminiscence about the film’s legacy and the way things like self-driving cars, hoverboards, flat-screen TVs and virtual reality were portrayed in the film.

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