Back in May 2019 Sony announced PlayStation Productions, a new arm of the company that would create television shows and films based on PlayStation IPs, and at the same time it was confirmed by Tony Vinciquerra from Sony Pictures that a television show based on the classic vehicle combat game Twisted Metal was in early production.
Variety are now reporting that the show is official moving forward with writers of Deadpool and Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who will be creating a “new take” on the franchise. The story will follow a loud mouthed protagonist who has a chance at a better life if he can traverse a wasteland and deliver a package, so Mad Max but with Tom Hardy talking rather than being sullen and mute. The currently unnamed protagonist will be joined by ” trigger-happy car thief” and they will meet a clown who drives an ice cream truck – I think you know who that is.
“’Twisted Metal’ is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” said Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions. “We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the 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.”
This is the second big announcement from PlayStation Productions, a few days ago The Last of Us TV adaptation picked up The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal as Joel and Games of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey as Ellie. The series is in development for HBO by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann.