Adapting what was once one of Sony’s hottest and most recognizable PlayStation properties, a live action Twisted Metal series is coming from Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions. The series is being written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the team behind the Deadpool and Zombieland films.
Produced by Cobra Kai‘s John Michael Smith, the series is described as an “action comedy,” which would be in-keeping with Reese and Wernick’s feature work, chronicling a “motor-mouthed outsider” on a trek through a post-apocalyptic wasteland to “deliver a mysterious package,” running up against all manner of desert-dwelling savages and marauders, including the series’ iconic, murderous, ice cream truck-driving clown Sweet Tooth.
Since its first release in 1995, the Twisted Metal games have long leaned into a violent, horrorlike atmosphere for its characters and world, somewhat contrasting the arcade racer-styled gameplay. An expansion upon the iconic aesthetic of the games seems like a potentially good idea for something with a stronger, focused narrative.
Certainly, the prospect of a Twisted Metal series supports PlayStation Productions’ foray into film and television productions, with the upcoming Last of Us adaptation for HBO casting major names like Pedro Pascal alongside writers like Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin.
Expect to hear more on Twisted Metal as further casting and production details come to light.