Look at what we have here. If it isn’t one of my favorite PlayStation games of all time, Twisted Metal. In the wake of the new age of technology, entertainment, and games, the franchise has finally decided to move forward––Twisted Metal will become a live-action series adaptation––and here’s everything you need to know about it!
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What is Twisted Metal all about?
Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are joining hand-in-hand, like always, to develop a series based on the vehicle-smashing combat game, Twisted Metal, wherein the first project of the franchise released in 1995. This goes alongside the fact that Sony actually wanted to develop numerous series based on the games. Considering Sony, their source materials won’t be running out anytime soon.
According to the writers, the same pair behind Deadpool and Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the new series is described to be an action-comedy. Asas Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, said this about Twisted Metal:
“Twisted Metal is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation. We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans,” he stated.
For all of those who haven’t played the game (I say haven’t because I trust you to actually play the game in the future), hear me out. The show will revolve around a noisy outsider who is given a chance to live a better life––in one condition, of course. This condition is for him to successfully deliver a package across the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Alongside a, how should I say this, trigger-happy car thief, the pair will be facing some of the most savagely blood-driven marauders who are also driving vehicles of pure style and mass destruction. In the vastly open road, the dangers are not among the marauders, but a deranged clown who drives the signature ice cream truck––Sweet Tooth, a name all fans of the game are all too familiar with.
Who is attached to Twisted Metal?
Fresh from the recent Cobra Kai Netflix series, its very own Michael Jonathan Smith will be writing and executive producing for Twisted Metal. The aforementioned pair of Reese and Wernick are also attached as executive producers. Alongside them are Will Arnet from production company Electric Avenue with Marc Forman and Peter Principato of Artists First. Arnett won’t be missing out on this project as he is under a first-look deal at Sony Pictures Television. Representing PlayStation Studios, on the other hand, are Qizilbash (of course) Carter Swan, and Hermen Hulst.
With such a big name, games like these are not safe from rumors and speculations. Its fair share comes in the form of Arnett apparently voicing Sweet Tooth in a cameo. However, it has already been said that there is no such deal in place for Arnett to do so. Michael Jonath Smith is repped by Verve, 3Arts, and Miloknay Weiner. Reese and Wernick are repped by WME while Arnett is repped by WME, Artists First, and Sloane Offer.
As for the cast, it’s still hard to say since we’re still in the early stages of early development. Either way, knowing that these are the same companies that got a hold of Game of Thrones stars to cast their live-adaptations, we’re in good hands.
Twisted Metal marks the second high-profile project from the collaboration of Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions in the past few months––the first being a series adaptation of The Last of Us ordered by HBO which stars Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
Some parting words, people, to reassure you of what’s to come in the future––especially the future of gaming in the entertainment business.
“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.”