Frank Marshall spills the secrets of ‘Back to the Future,” Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ others


“Back to the Future”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “The Goonies” and “The Sixth Sense” … Frank Marshall has produced some of the greatest films of all time.

The five-time Oscar nominee, who founded Amblin Entertainment with his wife Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg, and most recently worked on Jason Bourne.

Speaking at the to promote the film’s release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download, Marshall was more than happy to share some behind-the-scenes secrets not only of Matt Damon blockbuster, but also of some of his other successful films.


“We did actually change a few of the things,” Marshall said when asked for a fun fact about the 2016 film.

“The character that Riz Ahmed plays [Aaron Kalloor, CEO and founder of Deep Dream], in the original story when we originally shot he was killed. But when we put the film together, his character was so interesting and was such a strong voice that we have decided that he would stay alive.”

There will be another Bourne movie starring Matt Damon?

“I hope so,” Marshall said.

“We try to find the story, that is the reason why it took so long this time, Matt’s very much about the quality and he wants the story to be good. He not only wants the repeat of the old movies, so we are in the process of starting to talk about it.”


“It’s not a fun fact, but we originally went to scout New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina,” Marshall said.

“And when the Hurricane hit [in 2005] the studio wanted us to move and shoot somewhere else because the whole infrastructure of the city was pretty much destroyed.

“David Fincher and Kathy and I, we really have the feeling that it is something positive for the city and we should try to make it work and that we have done.

“We went back and it was much harder to shoot there than a city that is fully functioning, but I think the charm and the setting being in New Orleans really added to the tone of the film.”


They built a number of large props for the 1991 film starring Robin Williams as Peter Pan, but one of them in particular was a little too big.

“We build the [pirate] ship on the stage and then we went to the movie ship Steven [Spielberg] wanted the whole ship to be in the frame,” Marshall said.

“But there was a small mistake made in looking at the perspective so we had to open the door of the stage and the camera outside to get from the ship to the inside of the frame.”


“I think the thing that really stands out for me is the casting,” Marshall said about the 1999 film.

“When you’re looking for a young child actor you don’t know what they want, because they’re just starting out. Haley [Joel Osment] came in and read the part and we were in a conference room and M. Night Shymalan just turned to us and said: ‘That is our child!’

“It was just so clear in the room that he was that boy, it was great.”


“That is one of my favorite movies,” Marshall said of the 1985 classic.

“If you’re in a script writing class I would give that script and say this is a perfect script.”

Marshall is particularly proud of how quickly they made the movie after they decided to replace Eric Stoltz with Michael J. Fox in the lead role.

“We recast Marty McFly and that cut six weeks out of the post-production schedule,” he said.

“We finished the film in nine weeks, which was a world record in those days, but we really wanted to keep to our release date, so everyone in a Huge effort to deliver the film. The traditional time in those days was 20 to 24 weeks and we did it in nine.”


“A little known fact is that one of the things I try to do on all the wrap parties on the crew was a magic show,” Marshall revealed.

“The one in Tunisia [at the end of the filming of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”] was the best show I’ve ever done.”

Marshall carried out, under the pseudonym Dr Fantasy, but unfortunately, he’s since retired character.

“Today I am a DJ Master Frank,” he said.

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