In February 2021, it was confirmed that the action video game series Twisted Metalit was preparing an adaptation for the small screen with house in Peacockdeveloped with the support of Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions, and a phenomenal creative team.
The series in live-action format will be an action comedy, from the writer and showrunner Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), based on an original version by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernickthe duo behind Zombieland y Deadpool.
The most recent news of the television project reveals the signing of Neve Campbell (Scream, The Lincoln Lawyer), to play the character Raven in a recurring role (via Deadlines). Campbell, whom we saw earlier this year reprising her iconic role in the slasher saga Screamadds to those previously announced Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Encanto), y Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man: No Way Home).
Kitao Sakurai (Bad Trip) will direct multiple episodes.
“Twisted Metal is a high-octane action comedy, about a braggart 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 carjacker, you’ll take on savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown driving an ice cream truck, who fans of the game will know as Sweet. Tooth.”
“Anthony Mackie plays John Doe, a smart milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, John has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill his wish of finding community, but only if he can survive a savage vehicular onslaught.”
The first video game in the saga was released in 1995, developed by SingleTrac and published by Sony for PlayStation, this game gave way to sequels and spinoffs. It currently consists of 8 installments, the last of which was released in 2012. It has sold more than five million copies in North America alone. At some point there was talk of an adaptation for the big screen but that project never came to fruition. In 2019 there was talk about the interest that Sony had to make the now confirmed series.
The writer and showrunner will be one of the executive producers alongside Reese and Wernick. The actor Will Arnett He will be another of the executive producers with his company Electric Avenue, with Marc Forman and Peter Principato of Artists First, and Asad Qizilbash, director of PlayStation Productions. Mackie will also executive produce.