TWISTED METAL TV SHOW COMING AROUND END OF JULY! May 05. 2023. Twisted Metal: Cast, Trailer, Release Date, and Everything We Know So Far About the Latest PlayStation Game Adaptation!
Twisted Metal is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic action comedy television series developed by Michael Jonathan Smith. Based on the vehicular combat video game franchise of the same name published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the series stars Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church, Will Arnett, Richard Cabral and Samoa Joe. The half-hour series is about a driver who takes a job to deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland while being chased by marauders.
Development by Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions began in May 2019 with a full season being ordered by Peacock in February 2022. Filmed in New Orleans from May to August 2022, the series is set to air on Peacock on July 27, 2023 and run for 10 episodes.
It's abundantly clear that video game movies and shows have finally found the power-up they've been looking for after so many years. Gone are the days of bizarre and unfaithful adaptations like the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film and the ill-conceived Halo series. Now gamers (and studio executives) have plenty of reason to celebrate, with The Super Mario Bros. Movie making over a billion dollars at the box office and HBO's The Last of Us being a smash hit critical darling. It's more than likely that recent success in the genre has led to projects that were once in development hell getting a miraculous revival, such as the case with the upcoming Gears of War film finally gaining momentum. Video game adaptations for film and television are pretty hot right now. Still, things are about to get set ablaze with the release of the long-awaited chaotic video game adaptation, Twisted Metal.
Whispers of a live-action adaptation of Sony and PlayStation's cult-classic video game series Twisted Metal have been circulating for years. Admittedly, out of all the franchises to pick for a movie/show, Twisted Metal is one of the more unusual cases, given that the games aren't exactly known for their gripping storylines. The games keep things simple and to the point, allowing players to blow up everything in their path using vehicles straight out of a Mad Max film. That's essentially the gist of what the games entail, and frankly, fans of the games wouldn't have it any other way. That being said, with the show already boasting an impressive cast and crew, the Twisted Metal series is already looking like a wild ride.
Sony Pictures Television released the debut teaser for Twisted Metal on April 28th, 2023, and quickly introduced Anthony Mackie's mysterious protagonist. Mackie is credited as playing John Doe, who sounds like a made-up person but is actually a character from the games. We then see this John Doe prepping for a deadly road trip by loading up a double-barrelled shotgun and putting on his "Road Mix". After putting on some tunes, John Doe drives in his car equipped with two machine guns on the front. Thus, he travels off into a post-apocalyptic wasteland that is packed to the brim with those who would wish the hero harm.
After the show's title card appears, we get one more sequence that is bound to make dedicated fans of the series very happy by introducing the most popular character from the games. Set in Los Vegas, or at least whats left of it, we see a distinctive ice cream truck with a big scary clown head bobbing on the top of it. Of course, this is the van owned by Sweet Tooth (played by Samoa Joe and voiced by Will Arnett) - the killer clown mascot of the Twisted Metal series who is pound to cause all sorts of chaotic trouble for John Doe.
Before he almost assuredly returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sam Wilson in Captain America: New World Order, Anthony Mackie will be traversing Twisted Metal's deadly environment as protagonist John Doe. John Doe, of course, isn't his real name, but in the games, John Doe is an amnesiac who has no idea who he is or what he used to do. Doe's inclusion is exciting, but no Twisted Metal story would be complete without Marcus "Needles" Kane, also known as Sweet Tooth. The series' mascot will be voiced by Arrested Development star Will Arnett, but will be physically portrayed by WWE wrestler Samoa Joe. Also attached to the cast are Encanto star Stephanie Beatriz as an original character named Quiet, and Sideways co-lead Thomas Haden Church as government operative Agent Stone.
The series also has several guest stars lined up to appear, including Neve Campbell (Scream), Richard Cabral (End of Watch), Mike Mitchell (The Tomorrow War), Tahj Vaughns (P-Valley), and Lou Beatty Jr. (Finding Normal).
The official plot synopsis for Twisted Metal reads as follows:
TWISTED METAL, a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, 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 badass axe-wielding 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.