Twisted Metal Series Being Developed By PlayStation Productions

Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are developing a live-action series adaptation of the Twisted Metal PlayStation game franchise, according to Variety. The vehicular combat series, which debuted in 1995, centers on a demolition derby in which drivers have to destroy the other vehicles to survive.

The new series, described as a “high octane” action-comedy, is based on an original screenplay by Deadpool and Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Michael Jonathan Smith, who recently wrote for and produced the Karate Kid reboot Cobra Kai, will write and executive produce the series.

“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.”

The show will feature a misfit who is promised a chance at a better life if he can deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. After joining forces with a trigger-happy car theif, the duo set off on their journey where they’ll face “marauders with vehicles capable of intense destruction, along with other open road dangers and a crazy clown with a recognizable ice cream truck.”

There have been rumors that the clown, known to fans of the game as Sweet Tooth, will be voiced by Will Arnett, who has also voiced Batman in the Lego Movie franchise and the titular character of the Netflix series BoJack Horseman.

“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.”

Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions are currently developing The Last of Us series for HBO, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Both Pascal and Ramsey appeared in Game of Thrones as Oberyn Martell and Lyanna Mormont, respectively. Pascal currently stars as the title character on the Disney+ space Western series The Mandalorian.

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