Now don't you go and get too excited -- it's not like the three boys are coming back together for Back to the Future 4. But, as Jim Hill reports, Zemeckis wants to reunite with good friends Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd for the first time since Back to the Future Part III in the recently-announced Christmas Carol remake thingy. Keep in mind this won't be a straight-up live action film; instead, it will be shot similarly to the way Zemeckis did The Polar Express and the upcoming Beowulf; a performance capture sort of thing, and the first project to be produced by ImageMoversDigital (the performance capture company set up by Disney with Zemeckis). Additionally, Hill also reports that Zemeckis hopes to cast Tom Hanks in the film as well.

As we previously told you, Jim Carrey has already signed on to play a number of parts in the film, which actor Bob Hoskins first broke the news on when he told Empire that Zemeckis wanted him to play Mr. Fezziwig. Apart from the ultra creepy Ebenezer Scrooge, Carrey will play the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Be. If all goes according to plan, Hanks would play Bob Cratchit, Lloyd would play Marley's Ghost and Fox would play -- get this -- Tiny Tim. Hill later goes on to discuss how some execs are already worried about both Fox (because of his illness) and Carrey (because he's a troublemaker), and so the way it is now might not stand. I mean, Fox, Lloyd and Hanks haven't even been officially announced yet as part of the cast, so don't go geek out until things are final. But it would be cool to have Doc and Marty back together again on screen, even if it is this performance capture stuff. I think it would also be remarkable if Fox can make it through the entire production without any major problems, and still deliver a fine performance. Until we hear more ...