While many gamers flocked to stores yesterday to pick up the first full fledged Twisted Metal console title in 12 years (yes, we’re not counting the PS2 port of the PSP title), many are now basking in the destructive glow of Sweet Tooth once more. While Eat Sleep Play’s status sounds a bit shaky right now in terms of a developer, many are wondering when we’ll next see the continuation of the violent vehicle-based franchise next. Turns out, Sony Pictures is way ahead of us on that, as they’ve just inked a deal that will be bringing the videogame to the big screen…and they’ve found the perfect man to do so.
Deadline reports that Sony has signed Brian Taylor, the co-director of both Crank films and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, to write and direct an adaptation of Twisted Metal. Ghost Rider’s producers Avi and Ari Arad will have the same roles on the upcoming film, but no word is yet available as to when the film is trying to be released by.
The article states that ”the film will revolve around an underground event that pits a number of combatants in a fight to the death. They are outfitted in armored weaponized cars that are pimped out with heavy weaponry that includes missiles and machine guns. Some drop mines or launch electrical charges. The proprietor of the race is Calypso, a string-puller dedicating to examining the human condition, such as what makes a peaceful man violent, what terrifies a violent man and who will make a Faustian bargain in which they risk their lives. The sole survivor will get any wish granted.”
Confirmed characters that will be brought to life is the game’s signature face Sweet Tooth, described as “a homicidal clown who drives an ice cream truck”, and Doll Face, a young woman who is trapped behind a porcelain mask and who drives an 18-wheeler.
This will be Taylor’s first solo outing without his cohort in crime Nevaldine at his side, but this seems like a perfect fit for the director’s style. If you say the crazy, destructive, over the top action sequences in Crank, or even in theaters this week forGhost Rider, you’ll see that he definitely has the visual aspect down to take on the project. While videogame films don’t exactly have the best track record (Doom, Max Payne, and countless others), it seems poised to be a great project for Taylor.