Sony is bringing back its Twisted Metal franchise, however this time it should be a TV show, not a online game. According to Variety, the show is transferring forward in its manufacturing, with the writers of Deadpool and actor Will Arnett signed on as govt producers.
The Twisted Metal video games middle primarily round getting in a closely armored automobile and blowing different drivers up. The sequence, which the top of PlayStation Productions calls “one of the vital beloved franchises from PlayStation,” began on the unique PS1 and received releases on the PS2 and PS3 as effectively (although my private favourite was the PSP version, which I sunk hours upon hours into). The sequence went dormant throughout the years of the PlayStation 4, nonetheless, with no indicators of a console comeback any time quickly.
The show’s plot synopsis reads like a cross between Mad Max and Death Race, with a automobile thief and obscure protagonist having to struggle down highways to ship a package deal. It’s additionally rumored to incorporate Needles Kane, the terrifying clown whose face or ice cream truck (named Sweet Tooth) grace the quilt of just about each recreation within the sequence. If you have been bummed that Twisted Metal: Apocalypse by no means noticed the sunshine of day, perhaps this TV show will scratch that itch.
While the thought for the sequence seemingly got here from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the Deadpool films, the precise writing was carried out by Cobra Kai’s Michael Jonathan Smith. It looks as if the show can be going for a comedic (however most likely not lighthearted) tone, with Sony Pictures’ Glenn Adilman, the corporate’s govt vp of comedy improvement, calling the script “action-packed [and] brilliantly humorous.”
The return to the property comes after a lengthy drought: the primary Twisted Metal recreation got here out in 1995, and the newest one was launched in 2012 for the PlayStation 3. It’s a bit unusual that Sony is making a tv show about a franchise that hasn’t seen a launch in virtually a decade — particularly since one of the flagship PS5 games is Destruction AllStars, which has the identical theme of vehicular violence. That’s to not say that AllStars ought to’ve been a Twisted Metal recreation, simply that it may be a bit awkward if the Twisted Metal show and Destruction AllStars have been stopped at a purple gentle subsequent to one another.
It’s unclear when the show will come out, but it surely most likely will not be any time quickly — it looks as if it is simply now cleared to begin manufacturing. It’s additionally price noting that Sony has tried to make a Twisted Metal film earlier than, which was announced in 2012. In 2017, the man who was supposed to have directed it stated that it fell aside as a result of Sony did not wish to spend the sum of money wanted to make it really feel like, effectively, Twisted Metal. Hopefully the show will get the price range, in any other case followers might need they’d heeded the lesson Twisted Metal video games all the time finish on: watch out what you would like for.
If and when the show begins hitting screens, it will probably be a part of Sony’s first wave of PlayStation-based movie and tv content material, together with the upcoming The Last Of Us HBO show starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, and the Uncharted movie staring Tom Holland and Antonio Banderas.