Peacock has given a series order to the tv series adaptation of Twisted Metal with Anthony Mackie attached to star in and executive produce.
The series will be a comedic half-hour live-action adaptation of the popular video game, from Sony Pictures TV, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television.
It will see Mackie play John Doe, a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, John gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true, but only if he can survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat. 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.
The show is based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Michael Jonathan Smith will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Both Reese and Wernick also executive produce. Along with Mackie, Will Arnett and Marc Forman will executive produce via Electric Avenue, which secured the rights to the material and helped put the project together. Jason Spire of Inspire Entertainment, Peter Principato of Artists First, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions, and PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst will also executive produce. Sony Pictures Television, Playstation Productions, and Universal Television will produce.
The first “Twisted Metal” game was released on PlayStation in 1995 and the games are based around one thing and one thing only: total vehicular destruction, no matter the cost. The titles, which have been released between 1995 and the 2010s, are famous for their celebration of chaos and iconic characters like the clown-faced Needles Kane.
“’Twisted Metal’ is one of PlayStation’s most beloved franchises,” said Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions. “We are thrilled to have such an amazing creative team and partners working together who have such passion for this iconic property. We can’t wait for fans to see what we have planned for them.”
It was originally reported in 2019 that Sony was interested in developing a series based on the games.
It is unclear when filming will begin.
Twisted Metal joins another upcoming live-action series adaptation of a hit PlayStation video game, HBO’s The Last Of Us, which Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions also co-produce.