THE project to create the technologies and trends of Back to the Future II is now more than 18 months behind schedule.
The ambitious sequel screened in 1989 served up a positive and realistic vision of 2015 which was enough to convince investors to back the scheme.
But with less than three years to go hoverboards, food hydrators and neon golf visors are still stuck on the drawing board.
Despite the setbacks, Back to the future II chief executive Tom Logan remains optimistic about meeting what many now consider an impossible deadline.
He said: “I assure you come October 2015 the world will be ready. Yes weve hit some snags but the framework is in place.
“Take a look at the sky. Youll see that the mid-air freeways have been built, now all we need to do is invent and popularise the flying car so theres something to run on them.”
The project has already been under scrutiny for investing too heavily in the development of a holographic shark only to see the Jaws franchise they were intended to promote collapse after the one that Michael Caine was in.
Logan insisted: Can we invent self-drying jackets or self-fastening trainers? No we cannot. But cameras everywhere and in-your-face advertising on anything with a screen? That we can do. Even if there is no demand for it whatsoever.
Logan has now appealed for a second round of funding, adding: To make this work we need money. And by money I mean cash, not some unrealistic database currency where you pay with your thumb. Thats never going to happen.
I assure you this project wont be a repeat of the failed Space 1999 committee, and that if we dont deliver on our Back to the Future II promise, I will eat this double neck tie.