Twisted Metal Live-Action TV Series Is Being Made With Cobra Kai Producer, Deadpool Writers
Sony is officially moving forward on a live-action Twisted Metal TV series at last, with the producer of Cobra Kai and the writers of Deadpool on board.
A report today from Variety states that the coming action-comedy series will be based on an original story in the Twisted Metal universe from writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who previously worked on both Deadpool movies, as well as Zombieland.
The series will be led by executive producer Michael Jonathan Smith, who also produced and wrote for Cobra Kai. Other production names on board include Will Arnett, Marc Forman, and Peter Principato, as well as both Reese and Wernick.
Twisted Metal first came out in 1995, and has had a number of sequels follow, with the most recent being Twisted Metal: Black (which originally came out in 2001) launching on the PS4 in 2015 through PSN. The games are focused around demolition derby, with each following a different storyline that somehow revolves around “Twisted Metal,” a derby event taking place once a year that grants its winner one wish of their choice.
The live-action TV series is reported to center around an as-yet-unnamed protagonist trying to complete a delivery in a post-apocalyptic world, in exchange for a promise of a better life. Not much else is known, though it is said that the clown character Sweet Tooth — a recurring antagonistic clown who drives an ice cream truck — will make an appearance.
Twisted Metal was first publicly posited as a TV series by Sony in 2019, and this is the first we’ve heard about it since. A Twisted Metal movie was previously announced back in 2012 but never came to fruition. And unfortunately for anyone who hoped this might spark interest in a new Twisted Metal game, there hasn’t been any news to that effect in years, and the series’ creator David Jaffe unfortunately shut down his development studio back in 2018 following a cancelled project.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.