Robert Zemeckis’ iconic time-travelling comedy ‘Back To The Future’ turns 30 this year and one of the funniest parts of its sequel – set in 2015 – were the film’s predictions about life in the future.
Most of them never came true – the ‘Jaws’ franchise stalled before we reached ‘Jaws 19’, hoverboards aren’t a viable form of transport (yet), and flying cars aren’t whizzing above our heads – but one of them is starting look strangely prescient.
At one moment in the 1989 film a billboard reveals the Chicago Cubs have won the 2015 World Series, the joke being that the Cubs hadn’t won the baseball World Series since 1908 and likely never would do.
“A hundred-to-one shot,” the charity fundraiser jokes with Marty, “I wish I could go back to the beginning of the season and put some money on the Cubs!”
But now it’s looking like the Chicago team could actually win the 2015 World Series.
The Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals this week to proceed to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and will face the New York Mets or LA Dodgers on Saturday for the chance to play in the coveted World Series. Think of it as a sort of regional semi-final for the biggest game of the baseball season.
The film’s writer Bob Gale said he chose the Cubs as the winning 2015 team as a joke, saying: “Being a baseball fan, I thought, ‘OK, let’s come up with one of the most unlikely scenarios we can think of’.”
Above: The Cubs celebrating their victory over the Cardinals (AP)
In ‘BTTF Part II’ the Cubs won the series by beating a fictional Miami team. The joke being that Florida, at the time of the film’s release, didn’t even have a Major League Baseball team. The Sunshine State now boasts 2 teams, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays, making Gale’s prediction even more spooky.
So, did Gale and Zemeckis have their own time machine, and if so, did they pick up a 2015 Sports Almanac and place a crazy bet on the Cubs back in 1989?
Weirdly, that’s starting to look like a likely scenario.
Image credits: Universal Pictures