After decades of mediocre success, video game adaptations are now the trendiest trend in entertainment, particularly in light of the Super Mario Bros. movie’s box office results. The first trailer for Streamer Peacock’s live-action adaptation of the PS1-era vehicular warfare simulator Twisted Metal has been released.
For the uninitiated (anyone under 30), Twisted Metal was a wildly popular franchise that resembled the Battle Mode from the Mario Kart series, with an emphasis on comedic violence and utter destruction. Imagine Rocket League with firearms. The program appears to be abandoning the arena-based essence of the games in favor of a post-apocalyptic voyage.
The series stars the newly appointed Captain America, Anthony Mackie, and Stephanie Beatriz, a protagonist from Brooklyn 99. Mackie is described as a “motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life” in the show’s description, while Beatriz is described as a “badass axe-wielding car thief.” It would not be Twisted Metal without the iconic murderous clown Sweet Tooth, characterized here as a “deranged clown who drives an all-too-familiar ice cream truck.”
Who is this program for? The franchise arguably attained its zenith in 1996 with Twisted Metal 2, and there hasn’t been a new release in over a decade. Who can say? Who cares? It has malevolent puppets and spectacular car pursuits. The premiere date for the first season is July 27, and there are ten episodes.
This is just another step in Sony’s plans to bring its major gaming franchises to other media, which so far have included the sluggish Uncharted film and the wildly popular The Last of Us HBO series. Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo, and God of War are just a few of the PlayStation games that will be adapted in the near future.
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