Remember the Twisted Metal TV show that got announced a few years ago? Guess what: it's alive and kicking, and the "brilliantly funny adaptation" has some serious talent signed on already.
Developed by Sony Interactive Studios, Twisted Metal is about the titular (and fictional) demolition derby in Los Angeles, hosted by the eccentric Calypso. The character sends the player an invitation to compete and the prize is anything your heart desires: "no limits on price, size, or, according to some, even reality."
Across thirteen vehicles with unique statistics and a special attack, players will drive to the death, obtaining weapons like machine guns, mines, and even nuclear armaments to turn the tide and ensure they're the last one standing. The series is also noted for its dark humour, and with regards to the original title, 7-Eleven agreed to affiliate with the game and wanted billboards advertising the company dotted around the arenas. However, it discovered that the tone of Twisted Metal wasn't exactly family-friendly, and backed out.
"Twisted Metal is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation," said Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, in the press release. "We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans." What's more, the writers of the Deadpool films and Zombieland series - Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick - are executive producers, and the script is said to be an action comedy that's true to the games' chaotically entertaining universe. Through Electric Avenue, Will Arnett is attached to executive produce too, and there's even a rumour that he'll play Needles Kane, the terrifying killer clown who stars on the cover of every Twisted Metal title.
Cobra Kai writer Michael Jonathan Smith is penning the script for the series, and though there is no confirmed release window at the moment, it's shaping up to be a very promising adaptation for 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."
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