Based on the video game series of the same name, a Twisted Metal TV series is now in the works at Playstation Productions. The news was confirmed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra in an investor relations presentation on Tuesday, although full details on the series are not clear beyond the fact that it's happening.
"We have a TV show we just agreed to get underway that will be developed from the IP on PlayStation," Vinciquerra said of the project. "It's called Twisted Metal. It's a game that was put out many years ago and we're going to develop a TV series around that." As it sounds like the project was just recently greenlit, it would be in the very early stages of production, so this is all the information we're getting for now.
Published by Sony, the first Twisted Metal game was originally released to the Sony Playstation console in 1995. As a vehicular combat game, it featured both solo and multiplayer modes with the goal of becoming the last surviving vehicle. The game's plot focuses on a mysterious man known as Calypso, who organizes the deadly competition where aspiring winners compete to the death in their unique modified cars. Whoever wins will ultimately have the chance to have their ultimate wish granted, but many of the game's endings prove the old adage that you should always be careful what you wish for.
The success of Twisted Metal led to the start of an ongoing video game franchise. Three sequels would be released over the next four years, featuring similar gameplay with updated graphics and mechanics. The most recent entry in the series arrived in 2012 with the release of the simply titled reboot Twisted Metal, which was available exclusively on the Playstation 3 console. The future of the franchise has remained unclear since then, but it now appears its next iteration will be as a TV series. If the show is successful, we can presume it will likely lead to more official video games.
Previously, Brian Taylor (Crank) had been tapped to direct a live-action movie based on Twisted Metal, but the project never came to be. Reportedly, Nicolas Cage was also on board to play Sweet Tooth, the evil clown who serves as the mascot of the franchise. However, because the 2012 video game resulted in underwhelming sales, Sony balked at financing the risky project. "Sony came out with a new version of the game, didn't really sell that well. So they had this property that was kind of like this 'tweener," Taylor later explained. "It was a movie that felt like it needed to be $50 million, but they didn't feel that the fanbase really merited that kind of movie."
Vinciquerra also provided an update on the upcoming Uncharted movie, saying that the project was in "advanced development." Given Sony's shift into producing more TV shows and movies based on various Playstation video game properties, it now seems that the Twisted Metal adaptation might actually happen this time. Hopefully, the series will come with the same level of excitement as the popular games. This information comes to us from IGN.