The “Twisted Metal” video games are headed to the small screen, Variety reports today, with a television series currently in the works from Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions.
The even better news? The original take for the live-action series comes courtesy of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the duo behind Zombieland and the Deadpool movie!
“The new series is described as an action comedy,” Deadline notes.
“The show is about 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 ice cream truck, whom fans of the game will know as Sweet Tooth.”
Michael Jonathan Smith (“Cobra Kai”) is on board to write the series.
Reese and Wernick are executive producing.
The first Twisted Metal game was released in 1995, developed by SingleTrac and published by Sony for the PlayStation. That original game spawned follow-ups and spinoffs, with a movie adaptation at one point in the works from the director of Crank and Ghost Rider. That project never came to be, and a TV adaptation has been in development for the past few years.