Following in the footsteps of The Last of Us, another PlayStation property is en route to a screen near you. Deadline reports that Sony TV and PlayStation Productions have cast Anthony Mackie in a half-hour Twisted Metal series.
Our new Captain America (pictured above) will play John Doe, described as “a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives.” In the series, which Deadline notes is based on an “original take” from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, John Doe has a shot at a better life—but first has to get across a post-apocalyptic wasteland and deliver a package (the mysterious kind, of course). Along the way, “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.”
Probably they do not mean the ice cream truck from Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” video, but that’s the one I thought of first.
The Twisted Metal game is a demolition derby which seems to have a lot less plot than the series will, which only makes sense; not a lot of plot is required in order to crush other drivers with machine guns and mines.
This isn’t Sony’s first crack at a Twisted Metal adaptation. In 2012, they hired Crank and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor to create a feature film adaptation of the game, but that version never came to pass.
This TV adaptation will be written and executive produced by Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (along with Will Arnett and Marc Forman) also executive producing. There’s no word yet on production timeline or release.