The Peacock streaming service will be home to Sony's Twisted Metal TV show, an adaptation of the video game series starring Anthony Mackie. We heard last year that a vehicular combat-themed show was in the works and was being produced by Will Arnett and helmed by Michael Jonathan Smith. The show will be 30 minutes long and will try to make people laugh.
The first Twisted Metal video game was released in 1995 and we haven't gotten a new one since 2012 They focus on driving around a heavily armored car and trying to defeat others who are doing the same. One of the game's mascots is a clown with a flaming head who drives an ice cream truck. He will be featured as a character in the synopsis of the show.
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 and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland) 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 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.
The Sony Pictures in charge of comedy development said the script was brilliant, but it was hard to tell if it was going to be a comedy or not. It being explicitly labeled a live-action comedy makes it seem like the emphasis will be on the jokes.
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There is no release date for the show, despite the announcement of where you will be able to watch it. The show based on The Last of Us will probably not come out this year, but it is still unclear when we will see it.
The movie, starring Tom Holland, was released earlier this month. I saw it with people who weren't fans of the games, and they loved it. I thought it was a fun time that, unfortunately, did the games a disservice, while my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore wrote in his excellent review that it might have been better kept in the drafts.
We have only seen one thing from Sony, so it is hard to make any real judgements about Twisted Metal. The show is speeding ahead with all the names and talent attached. After it was announced in 2012 and never released, let's hope it doesn't wreck.