Twisted Metal movie gets green light

Yet another time-honored video game series is getting the Hollywood makeover, with news today that Sony Pictures has signed up Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Crank co-director Brian Taylor to helm a cinematic version of the Twisted Metal series. Taylor will both write and direct the vehicular manslaughter flick under the supervision of Avi and Ari Arad, the Spiderman and Iron Man movie producers who are also working on film versions of Mass Effect and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.

According to the report on Deadline, the movie will revolve around a deadly competition wherein contestants are tasked with slaughtering each other with modified vehicles for a chance to have one wish granted by the omnipotent Calypso. Familiar characters such as Sweet Tooth and Doll Face have been already been confirmed for the film, which means somewhere some Hollywood people are getting paid to make a real life killer ice cream truck.

There are no actors attached to the Twisted Metal project yet, but may we suggest Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston? No reason – he's just awesome. Speaking of silly casting speculation, the latest word out of the Hollywood blogosphere is that Nathan Fillian is back on to star as Nathan Drake in Avi Arad's Uncharted movie. Considering the internet hasn't been taken over by Browncoats, we'll wait for official word before taking this report seriously.

The newest chapter in the Twisted Metal video game series rolled out for PS3 yesterday. Read our review of the brutal (in a good way) reboot here.

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  • ArbokDaKobra - February 15, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    This is good news, but there is a downside... if this is given priority over either the Mass Effect or Uncharted movie I will be supremely pissed. Both of those games actually have story arcs and background info to support a successful movie. Even though I love twisted metal, it can't hope to live up too a franchise like Uncharted or Mass Effect in terms of sheer quality, and movie adaptability.
  • tiben36 - February 15, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    brian cranston as calypso, this could be interseting too bad he's one the new total recall movie
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - February 15, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Anyone who's seen Crank 2 knows that this guy is half of an insane duo. Also, Gamer was a much better movie than most people gave it credit for. I actually thinks this is an inspired choice, and one that will fit really well with the franchise.
  • garfunkling - February 15, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    I really couldn't be more pumped with this. However if history has taught us anything it's that the twisted metal mythos will most likely be dropped for another generic action movie script. In a perfect world it would loosely be based on T.M. Black with plenty of fan service and gore.

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