It’s official—a TV series based on the vehicular combat video game series, Twisted Metal, is officially in the works at PlayStation Productions.
While very little is actually known about the series at this early stage, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra talked about the project a bit in an investor relations presentation.
“We have a TV show we just agreed to get underway that will be developed from the IP on PlayStation, it’s called Twisted Metal,” Vinciquerra explained. “It’s a game that was put out many years ago and we’re going to develop a TV series around that.”
It begs the question, though: Why would Sony green light such a project now?
The last Twisted Metal game was released back in 2012 on the Sony PlayStation 3, and despite favorable reviews, sales were underwhelming; it felt as if the franchise’s time was behind us. There was even a Twisted Metal movie briefly in the works that same year with Brian Taylor (Crank) tapped to direct, but the film was eventually nixed.
“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,” Taylor later explained.
On a related note, Vinciquerra also stated that the Uncharted movie that’s been long talked about is in “advanced development.” While it’s unclear what that actually means, it’s obvious that PlayStation Productions is making serious moves to adapt their properties to the big and small screens.
The next obvious question: Who’s got your vote to play Twisted Metal’s hellish, ice cream truck-driving clown mascot, Sweet Tooth?
Personally, I’m hoping for a hilarious reimagining of the character with Danny Devito. . . but he might be too busy.