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Out of Time: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine/ Back to the Future Documentary

Hard to believe, but when filming wrapped on Back to the Future Part III, the original DeLorean DMC-12 wasn’t taken directly from the set and installed in a permanent display at the Smithsonian. Instead, it was left on the Universal Studios lot, where it deteriorated badly over the years. Finally, in 2010 (25 years after the first Back to the Future film was released), Universal and BTTF co-writer and producer Bob Gale had the vehicle restored—not by just any old body shop, but by a team of car enthusiasts who were all superfans of the franchise.

Now, they’re creating a documentary about that fan-led restoration, entitled Out of Time: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine.  Attack of the Show! editor Steve Concotelli is directing the movie, which is set to be released in October (presumably, on October 21st, the day after the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series).

A kickstarter campaign to fund the film has already raised over $70,000 of its $25,000 goal. That’s a testament to how passionate BTTF fans are, and to how great the rewards are—prizes include a reproduction “Out of Time” license plate (for those who pledge $40), a Bob Gale-autographed poster ($100), pieces of the actual original DeLorean’s display screen ($200), and, for the most hardcore fans, a Mr. Fusion lamp ($1,500).

They’ll also send you the BTTF trilogy on Blu-Ray if you pledge $35, which is actually a pretty great deal, considering the set costs $5 more than that on Amazon.

Bob Gale poses with two of the world's four Mr. Fusion lamps

Bob Gale poses with two of the world’s only four Mr. Fusion lamps

Now we’re just wondering when Bob Gale is going to get some die-hard fans to restore the 1959 Edsel from his other masterpiece, Used Cars.

It may not be a classic on the same level as BTTF, but it has its moments, as well as a fun performance from Jack Warden in a dual role. And who doesn’t love fun performances from Jack Warden in a dual role? Nobody, that’s who.