Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are creating a live action Twisted Metal television series according to Variety.
The show is about a motor-mouthed outsider who is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown named who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck, whom fans of the game will know as Sweet Tooth.
Described as an ‘action comedy’, the series is based on an original take from the writers of the “Deadpool” movies and “Zombieland”, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, both of whom will also be Executive Producers. Joining them and also writing the series is Michael Jonathan Smith who has recently worked on the series “Cobra Kia.”
Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan, of PlayStation Productions, will also executive produce, along with Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios. Will Arnett will executive produce via his Electric Avenue production company with Marc Forman and Peter Principato of Artists First.
“’Twisted Metal’ is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” said Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions. “We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans.”
“We love Twisted Metal in all its twisted insanity,” said Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony Pictures Television. “Michael Jonathan Smith hit it out of the park with an action-packed, brilliantly funny adaptation and we are grateful for the support of Rhett, Paul, Will and our friends at PlayStation.”
If I’m being honest, I never imagined there being a Twisted Metal series, let alone it being an action comedy. I always thought of Twisted Metal as more action horror. But it’s not like the series has ever been known for it’s story and plot.
The people involved are very talented so I’ll trust them in their vision. “Deadpool” was both funny and action packed while “Zombieland” was a good mixture of comedy, action, and horror. This has big potential if it can evoke images and feelings from the games. I have fond memories of the original game and Twisted Metal 2.
This is the second big Television announcement from PlayStation Productions following after The Last of Us show and actor announcements! Along with the upcoming Uncharted movie, PlayStation Productions is looking to make a big splash in the entertainment industry.