One of the greatest cult classic video games of our time is that of the Twisted Metal series. Making its debut in 1995, Twisted Metal is an off-the-wall vehicle-based combat game; players can pick from a variety of maniacal drivers, each who have their own special vehicle. Players then drive through a plethora of courses, blowing up and causing mayhem as they burn rubber. The latest entry in the game’s main series is 2012’s Twisted Metal, but now the cult classic is getting a television adaptation!
As reported by Bloody Disgusting earlier this week, the streaming service Peacock has officially ordered a live action adaptation of the game. The project has been described as a “comedic, half hour live action adaptation,” and is coming from the duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (they worked on both Zombieland and Deadpool). The show will also feature Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Black Mirror, Avengers: Endgame). Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai) is set to write and show-run the series.
The Twisted Metal show is described as follows:
“Twisted Metal is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.”
Video game adaptations are in abundance nowadays, with last year seeing a new Resident Evil movie, and this year seeing an Uncharted film and the upcoming Sonic 2. Among these adaptations, Twisted Metal is certainly the most metal of them.
If you could choose, what video game would you like to see adapted for film or TV?
Words by: Michael Pementel