Twisted Metal Is Getting a TV Adaptation From the Writers of Deadpool and Cobra Kai

Twisted Metal’s TV adaptation is on the way.
Twisted Metal’s TV adaptation is on the way.
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One of Sony PlayStation’s most recognizable franchises may soon be smashing and exploding its way onto your TV. Twisted Metal, the chaotic sci-fi demolition derby game, is being adapted for the small screen from the writers of the Deadpool films, and one of the writers of Cobra Kai.

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The idea for a Twisted Metal show began percolating back in 2019, and now writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland) have teamed up with Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai) to crack the case. Reese and Wernick will executive produce along with Smith, who’ll write and showrun.

According to Variety, which broke the news, the story follows “a motor-mouthed outsider who is 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, whom fans of the game will know as Sweet Tooth.” Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue production company is also on board.

Twisted Metal debuted in 1995 along with the release of the first PlayStation and has been a staple of the platform ever since. While each game has its own variation on the story, the main gameplay is usually just a no-holds-barred demolition derby between all sorts of themed vehicles and driven by people with unique, sinister, personalities. But instead of just smashing into each other, the vehicles have guns and bombs and all manner of destructive capabilities. The last vehicle standing wins.

“We love Twisted Metal in all its twisted insanity,” Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony Pictures Television, told Variety. “Michael Jonathan Smith hit it out of the park with an action-packed, brilliantly funny adaptation and we are grateful for the support of Rhett, Paul, Will and our friends at PlayStation.”

There’s no word on a timeline for the show or any hints at casting (Variety points out that while Arnett might voice Sweet Tooth, no deal exists yet) but with streaming eating up content like Truckasaurus, you’d imagine this will land somewhere sooner rather than later.

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DISCUSSION

That description sounds like a lamer version of a Borderlands description, which itself always comes across as a lamer version of a Mad Max description.

“You know sometimes when you make a copy from a copy and it’s not quite as well... sharp as the original?”

Also, Multiplicity quote notwithstanding, it’s been a hot minute since the 90s and I definitely don’t remember any of the Twisted Metal games being a post-apocalypse wasteland in those. Gonna assume that just makes it easier/cheaper to film?