Get ready to go Back to the Future with a new film that is going into production called Great Scott. Moviehole is reporting that the film is about a teenager in 1980′s Manchester, England who falls so in love with Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 hit that he tries to become Marty McFly. The main character is a slightly despondent working class teenager who would do anything to escape his mundane life and have the kind of adventures Marty McFly did in the hit film. 

Phil Hawkins is set to direct the film based on a script by Alex Child and Hiram Bleetman. The project is a joint venture between Philm Company, Sonic Screenworks and Lip Sync. This is the same company that financed such recent films as We Need to Talk About Kevin and Jane Eyre.

Hawkins was one of 16 aspiring directors on the TV show On the Lot, a reality show where first prize was a development deal with DreamWorks. Since then his credits include the feature film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Butterfly Tattoo and award-winner The Women of Troy. He also has a comedy titled Being Sold, which he penned. Casting will start shortly with production due to commence around Easter.

I loved both Son of Rambow and Fanboys, which remind me of this. Great Scott sounds like a film I am interested in seeing. What are your thoughts?

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