From the folder marked “it seemed like a good idea at the time” comes a live-action series adaptation of the Twisted Metal PlayStation game franchise, officially moving forward at Sony Pictures TV and Playstation Productions.
When we hear the phrase “Twisted Metal”, we know it well: it’s the name of a popular console game franchise for the Sony Playstation, wherein strange characters do combat in the streets, driving outlandish vehicles in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The next phrase to pop to mind is probably not “television series”, but Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are none the less developing a television series based on the Twisted Metal vehicular combat games. It was an easy deal to make, since Sony owns both Sony Pictures and the Playstation game console enterprise. They’ve been working on putting the project together since 2019. The game itself was a huge hit for Sony when they released the first game in the franchise in 1995.
The new series is described as an action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writers behind the Deadpool films and Zombieland.
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 Sweet Tooth who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
Michael Jonathan Smith, who most recently wrote for and produced Cobra Kai, will write and executive produce the series. Reese and Wernick are attached to executive produce. There is some speculation that Will Arnett, one of the executive producers, will voice Sweet Tooth in a cameo, but at the moment there is no deal in place for him to do so.
This is is the second high profile project from Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions in recent months. A series adaptation of The Last of Us has been ordered at HBO, with Pedro Pascal and Game of Thrones star Bella Ramsey in major roles.
There is currently no information on which services might be carrying the new series.