Sony is bringing again its Twisted Steel franchise, however this time it’s going to be a TV present, not a online game. According to Variety, the present is shifting forward in its manufacturing, with the writers of Deadpool and actor Will Arnett signed on as govt producers.
The Twisted Steel video games heart primarily round getting in a closely armored automobile and blowing different drivers up. The collection, which the pinnacle of PlayStation Productions calls “one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” began on the unique PS1 and received releases on the PS2 and PS3 as effectively (although my private favourite was the PSP version, which I sunk hours upon hours into). The collection went dormant through the years of the PlayStation 4, nonetheless, with no indicators of a console comeback any time quickly.
The present’s plot synopsis reads like a cross between Mad Max and Loss of life Race, with a automobile thief and obscure protagonist having to struggle down highways to ship a package deal. It’s additionally rumored to incorporate Needles Kane, the terrifying clown whose face or ice cream truck (named Candy Tooth) grace the duvet of just about each sport within the collection. If you happen to’ve been bummed that Twisted Steel: Apocalypse by no means noticed the sunshine of day, possibly this TV present will scratch that itch.
Whereas the thought for the collection seemingly got here from Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the Deadpool films, the precise writing was achieved by Cobra Kai’s Michael Jonathan Smith. It looks like the present might be going for a comedic (however in all probability not lighthearted) tone, with Sony Footage’ Glenn Adilman, the corporate’s govt vp of comedy growth, calling the script “action-packed [and] brilliantly funny.”
The return to the property comes after a protracted drought: the primary Twisted Steel sport got here out in 1995, and the latest one was launched in 2012 for the PlayStation 3. It’s a bit unusual that Sony is making a tv present a couple of franchise that hasn’t seen a launch in nearly a decade — particularly since one of the flagship PS5 games is Destruction AllStars, which has the identical theme of vehicular violence. That’s to not say that AllStars ought to’ve been a Twisted Steel sport, simply that it is likely to be a bit awkward if the Twisted Steel present and Destruction AllStars have been stopped at a crimson mild subsequent to one another.
It’s unclear when the present will come out, however it in all probability gained’t be any time quickly — it looks like it’s simply now cleared to start out manufacturing. It’s additionally price noting that Sony has tried to make a Twisted Steel film earlier than, which was announced in 2012. In 2017, the man who was supposed to have directed it mentioned that it fell aside as a result of Sony didn’t wish to spend the amount of cash wanted to make it really feel like, effectively, Twisted Steel. Hopefully the present will get the price range, in any other case followers may need they’d heeded the lesson Twisted Steel video games at all times finish on: watch out what you want for.
If and when the present begins hitting screens, it’ll possible be a part of Sony’s first wave of PlayStation-based movie and tv content material, together with the upcoming The Last Of Us HBO show starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, and the Uncharted movie staring Tom Holland and Antonio Banderas.