Though it's not as blasphemous as talk of Justin Bieber supposedly playing Marty McFly in some ill-conceived "Back to the Future" remake, the fully licensed video game does seem like a promising extension to the classic story of Marty and Doc Brown.
Developer Telltale Games (Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island) plans to episodically release five chapters of Back to the Future: The Game, the first of which is titled "It's About Time." Not much regarding the game's actual gameplay has been disclosed, but the debut trailer does hint that Marty will have to go back to 1931 to rescue Doc.
Michael J. Fox was unable to lend his voice to the game but he did allow his likeness to appear. Judging from the trailer, his replacement's performance is dead-on. Christopher Lloyd will reprise his role as Doc Brown, though whether other original talent will be featured is not known.
This is the first "Back to the Future" game that seems to have the full endorsement of original screenwriter Bob Gale, who was brought in to advise during the game's production. Like most film licenses, "Back to the Future" has a rocky history when adapted to game platforms.
The episodes will be available on the PlayStation Network, PC, Mac, and iPad platforms. We'll have some impressions of the first chapter when it's available this month.