‘Twisted Metal’ games get TV series starring Anthony Mackie
Well, it turned out to be nearly impossible for Hollywood to make a great movie based on a video game, but what about a TV show? Television could be a better medium for video game adaptations than cinema; TV and games share a screen, and the length of most modern games – with stories that can span tens of hours – is much more appropriate for a series than a single standalone movie.
Several upcoming shows will test this theory. HBO adapts The last of us, while Paramount + offers a highly anticipated series based on the Xbox franchise Halo. Now Sony is also stepping into the act with a series inspired by their long-running PlayStation franchise. Twisted metal, which debuted on the very first PlayStation in 1995 and has been a mainstay of the system in all of its various iterations. The series already has its main actor: Anthony Mackie, fresh out of his race with Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The old PlayStation Twisted metal the games were relatively light on the story; they gave players control of a variety of different heavily armed vehicles, which they used to drive and destroy their opponents. According to Deadline, the television series – developed by dead Pool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – speaks of “a motor-mouthed alien who has offered a chance for a better life, but only if he manages to deliver a mysterious package through a post-apocalyptic wasteland.” With the help of a trigger-friendly car thief, he’ll take on savage marauders driving destruction vehicles and other open road dangers, including a deranged clown who drives an all-too-familiar ice cream truck. .
Mackie plays John Doe, an “intelligent milkman who speaks as fast as he drives”. But look: as long as the ice cream truck guy is on the show, that’s all that really matters. By deadline, Sony plans to shop the Twisted metal to buyers “soon”.