Monday, June 2, 2008

Back to the Futures

People were quite surprised by my post last week – they had no idea that the Sci-Fi classic movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers was based on a piece about wine entitled, Invasion of the Bottle Snatchers, in a now defunct wine magazine.

This is not the only movie whose plot is actually a reworking of a story or article originally dealing with wine. In case you didn’t know, here is another one:

Back to the Future was originally Back to the Futures. In the original, Martin, the main character, is a teenager growing up in a run-down chateau in the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced from the neglected vines is the butt of jokes not only in Bordeaux, but in all of France.

Martin’s zany next-door neighbor, Doc, invents a harvesting machine that is able to reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. But all it takes is 88, and at that particular speed the machine is able to travel in time.

To make a long story short, Martin travels back in time to the 17th Century and does a little tinkering with the past. When he returns to the present time in 1975, we find that he is now the heir to the Lafite Rothschild estate.

At the end of the story, Martin is basking in the luxury of being a part of the famous first-growth estate. Doc has gone into the future to satisfy his curiosity. Suddenly as Martin is walking through the vineyards, there’s a loud blast and bright flash, and Doc appears in a souped-up flying version of the time-traveling harvester.

Doc tells Martin to get into the harvester because he needs him to go into the future with him.

“Where are we going, Doc?” asks Martin. “Are we gonna be pulling some corks?”

“Corks?” replies Doc. “Where we’re going, we don’t need corks.”

In the sequel to the story, Le Boeuf, an evil hired hand, finds out about the time machine and uses it for his own personal gain. Le Boeuf travels into the future and discovers a periodical about wine called The Wine Advocate. He is able to buy futures on the highest scoring wines and becomes a millionaire from reselling them at ridiculously high prices to people who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for 100 point wines.

Tomorrow: a sneak peek at vice versa: this time a movie about wine is in the works, based on a famous Sci-Fi movie from the 1950’s.

Here's a link to the Amazon page for the trilogy - I love these movies! Back to the Future

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