With Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on the verge of release one half of the directing team, Brian Taylor, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to write and direct a live action adaptation of the PlayStation video game Twisted Metal, according to Deadline.
The game franchise has sold over 15 million copies in the US alone, and is the longest-running PlayStation-exclusive franchise having been around since 1995. The latest in the series, Twisted Metal PS3, was released this week in the US and will hit Europe next month.
For those unfamiliar with the game, it is a demolition derby where players choose a vehicle and an arena, and try to blow each other up using ballistic projectiles, machine guns, mines, and other weapons. The back-story revolves around a guy called Calypso who hosts a vehicle combat tournament and the winner is given any wish they desire. It sounds a bit like Death Race but with more horror elements (nobody likes killer clowns).
Deadline reports “the film will include such signature contestant characters as Sweet Tooth, 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.”
No word on a timeline for production, but it could be some time before cameras roll as Brian Taylor already has plans to re-team with his directing partner Mark Neveldine for another Ghost Rider film (if Spirit of Vengeance makes money), and they’re already planning to complete their Crank trilogy with Crank 3D.
I’ve embedded a trailer for the latest Twisted Metal game below:
Any Twisted Metal players have an opinion on Sony’s decision to make a film? Is hiring one half of the crazy Crank team the right decision, or would you prefer a different director?