Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance is mere days away from release, but clearly Sony Pictures and producers Avi and Ari Arad must be happy with the results because according to Deadline, they’ve signed a reported 7-figure deal with one of the film’s co-directors, Brian Taylor, to write and direct a movie based on the hugely popular Twisted Metal video game.
A mainstay on various Sony PlayStation video game consoles since its introduction in 1995 and with a new version released for the PlayStation 3 today, the film will mimic the game’s premise of an underground fight to the death among multiple combatants using armored cars tricked out with missiles, machine guns, mines and the like. The 2001 PlayStation 2 game “Twisted Metal: Black” is one of the biggest selling games in the series, having sold 15 million copies worldwide. Characters like the manipulative race organizer Calypso and popular contestants like the homicidal clown Needles Kane in his killer ice cream truck Sweet Tooth and the masked Doll Face are reported to be included in the story.
Taylor has teamed with his long-time partner Mark Neveldine to direct four movies going back to the original Crank in 2006 , followed by the sci-fi thriller Gamer, the sequel Crank: High Voltage and now Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. A Twisted Metal movie would presumably be Taylor’s solo directing debut.
You can watch our interviews with Neveldine/Taylor on Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance over on SuperHeroHype where they say absolutely nothing about a Twisted Metal movie but do talk about doing another “Crank” movie together.