Deadpool’s Reese & Wernick developing Twisted Metal TV series
Just a few years after a film based on the beloved vehicular combat game franchise was cancelled, Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions have begun development on a series adaptation of Twisted Metal, according to Variety.
The series is described as an action comedy and will center on a motor-mouthed outsider who is offered the opportunity to get a better life only after he successfully delivers a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Partnering with a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face off against savage bandits driving deadly vehicles of destruction and other dangers on the road, including the fan-favorite deranged clown Sweet Tooth in his menacing ice cram truck.
“Twisted Metal is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” Asad Qizilbashm, head of PlayStation Productions, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans.”
Deadpool and Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick delivered the original take on the IP and will executive produce the series alongside writer Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), Will Arnett (The Lego Batman Movie) though his Electric Avenue banner and under his first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV, Artists First’s Marc Forman and Peter Principato, PlayStation Productions’ Qizilbashm and Carter Swana and Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst. Sources report that no deal is in place for Arnett to cameo as the psychotic Sweet Tooth in a vocal capacity.
“We love Twisted Metal in all its twisted insanity,” Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement. “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.”
Twisted Metal marks the second series to enter development for Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions, with the other being HBO’s The Last of Us series that just landed Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) for the central roles.
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