High Flying BACK TO THE FUTURE II Hoverboard Concept Designs by John Bell

Back to the Future Part II (1989) concept art by John Bell

Check out Back to the Future Part II concept art by John Bell!

Every Friday I try and feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema or television. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on Back to the Future Part II (1989).

Everyone loves the hoverboards from Back to the Future, and DVD commentary by the director led lots of people to believe it's real. That hope was rekindled this week when "Funny or Die" made a video that claimed the hoverboards were coming in December. It turns out it was a hoax, but it shows how much we love those things. How cool would it be to skateboard on air? The original designs were created by John Bell and I thought this would be a good time to share them.

John Bell is an Oscar nominated, and British Academy Award winning, professional concept and storyboard artist. He's worked on Hollywood films like Back to the Future Part III (1990), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).

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Here are some concepts of Griff and his gang:

See more of John Bell's wonderfully whimsical portfolio at http://www.johnbellstudio.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of John Bell's work or Back to the Future Part II on my blog.

Some images via BTTF.com, Gizmodo, Mattycollector Facebook

What do you think of the concept art? Would you want a hoverboard?

Official Back to the Future Part II Summary
"Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II - the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 all over again before it is too late."
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Cinematography by Dean Cundey
Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Casey Siemaszko
Release date: November 22, 1989
Official Site: http://www.bttfmovie.com/
© Copyright 1989 Amblin Entertainment, Universal Pictures. All rights reserved


  1. Those are cool. Hopefully they only hover. Any higher and people would be plunging to their deaths left and right.

  2. Those are freakin' awesome. The hoverboards are so iconic, it's cool to see them in design like this.

  3. Fuck yah dog.Everbody nos dis shit reelz but da Illuminati won't let us have em.


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