With several of the biggest video game franchises seeing new releases this year, including Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect and Uncharted, it’s only a matter of time for they each get their chance on the silver screen. For Sony, who made headlines in 2011 for teaming with Ubisoft Motion Pictures to distribute their upcoming video game adaptations, it’s been a tough road trying to give their own PlayStation brands the Hollywood treatment.
We saw David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg both get dropped from the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune film due to fan outcry against their ideas for Sony’s most prized video game franchise and while director Neil Burger takes over the reins of that project, fans can add another Sony PlayStation series to the list of upcoming video game adaptations.
Today is Valentine’s Day, but it was also the release of the new Twisted Metal game, developed by Eat Sleep Play exclusively for the PlayStation 3. For anyone unfamiliar with Twisted Metal, it’s an over-the-top vehicular combat series that began back in 1995, published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Timed so perfectly with this video game release was the news from Deadline that a film adaptation of Twisted Metal is on the way, to be written and directed by Brian Taylor, one of the co-directors of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which opens this weekend. Oddly enough, Ghost Rider is one of the closest films to what fans can expect from an adaptation of Twisted Metal so Sony Pictures signing Taylor for the film isn’t shocking.
Fans of the games can expect Sweet Tooth, Doll Face, and other familiar vehicular combatants to participate in the frenzy, as well as Calypso, the man behind the Twisted Metal competition who grants one wish to the sole survivor.
As a reminder, Taylor’s most recent written works include Crank: High Voltage, Gamer and Jonah Hex, so fans expecting an award-worthy film adaptation may have to look elsewhere. Taylor typically has partnered with Mark Neveldine on all of his projects and this will mark his first solo adventure in the director’s chair.
Twisted Metal wasn’t even going to offer a compelling story with rich character development – it’s purely about insanely outlandish characters driving wacky vehicles loaded with weapons of pure destruction. Even if early word on the new Ghost Rider isn’t positive, there’s no denying that Taylor can do action and that’s what Twisted Metal should be delivering.
The Twisted Metal film will be produced by Avi Arad of Marvel film fame and who is also behind the upcoming inFamous adaptation (also an exclusive Sony PS3 franchise) as well as other video game movies Mass Effect and Lost Planet.
Sounds like this would make a good fit for Michael Bay.