Sony’s PlayStation Productions has found one of the leads for its live-action Twisted Metal series. The new Captain America, Anthony Mackie, will be at the center of Twisted Metal’s car-based mayhem, Deadline reported Wednesday.
The series will follow Mackie as John Doe, a wise-cracking milkman hired to deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Along his journey he’ll meet some of Twisted Metal’s most famous characters, including Sweet Tooth, the demonic clown with the flaming head, and his ice cream truck, and probably a few new faces as well. John Doe in Twisted Metal: Black was an unremarkable driver of the car Roadkill whose defining characteristics were his amnesia and his tattoos.
Other than some of the characters, it doesn’t seem like the new series will take many cues from the video games they’re based on other than the premise. Then again, the Twisted Metal franchise, which had its last entry in 2012, was always more about the idea of vehicular destruction and chaos than story to begin with.
The series is based on a take on the PlayStation video game franchise from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who were behind Zombieland, both Deadpool movies, and 6 Underground, which means we can expect a healthy mix of action and comedy. Reese and Wernick will serve as executive producers on the series, but the writing will be handled by Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), who will executive produce as well.
There’s no word yet on when Twisted Metal will be released or which network or streaming service it will call home. Sony doesn’t currently have a streaming service of its own but Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are currently partnered with HBO for their The Last of Us series, which is in production now. While this could make HBO the eventual home, there’s no exclusive agreement stopping Sony from sending the Twisted Metal series somewhere else.
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