We Don’t Need Roads:
The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy

Written by Caseen Gaines


Caseen Gaines has written a very compelling and enjoyable history of our trilogy. For me, reading it was like going back in time. And – Great Scott – there were even a few anecdotes that I’d never heard!
— Bob Gale, co-creator/producer/writer, Back to the Future trilogy


  • Release Date: 6/23/2015

  • Imprint: Plume

  • ISBN: 9780142181539 (softcover)

  • Size: 5.33 in (w) x 8.00 in (h) x 0.50 in (d)

  • Pages: 288

  • List Price: $17.00 USD


A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary

Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. During their journey to realize their dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out.

For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time.

With a focus not only on the movies, but also the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a Hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming. So, why don't you make like a tree and get outta here -- and start reading!

We Don't Need Roads is your density.

Caseen Gaines is the author of We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy (Plume, 2015), which led to his television appearances in North America on Entertainment Tonight and Fox Business’s Kennedy. His most recent book, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, was published last year by Insight Editions and received a starred review in Booklist.

His first book, Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse (ECW Press, 2011), was a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medalist. Its follow up, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic (ECW Press, 2013), was featured on The TV Guide Network, where Gaines also appears on a perennially televised documentary.

Beyond his books, he has been published at Vanity Fair, io9, and New York Magazine — and has written original features for Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club, and Decider. He has also worked as a consultant and ghostwriter on several narrative nonfiction projects.

He holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, where he focused on racial representations in popular culture, and, in addition to writing, is co-Artistic Director of a nonprofit theater company he co-founded in 2005 and a high school English teacher in New Jersey, where he has taught for the past eleven years.

About the Author

Caseen Gaines is an author, director, educator, and popular culture historian.

His work has received praise from media outlets around the world including NPR (“impressively exhaustive . . . enthusiastic and thorough”), The Hollywood Reporter (“revealing”), Esquire (“fascinating”), and Publishers Weekly (“enthusiastically comprehensive”). His “muscular reporting” has been celebrated by several New York Times bestselling authors, including Michael Davis and Brian Jay Jones, who have found his work to be “deeply researched and engagingly written.”