Twisted Metal Series Will Be Like Zombieland, New Season 1 Details Revealed

Peacock’s Twisted Metal series is shaping up to be a post-apocalyptic mash-up of fun.

The series, a live-action adaptation of the classic PlayStation video game, was announced in 2019, and finally some internal aspects of the final product have arrived. Carter Swan, Senior Producer at Playstation Studios, spoke to IGN about how the show tries to represent gaming in the best possible way.

“You have to have the cars, you have to have the post-apocalyptic setting,” Swan said. “There are a lot of characters that we thought were great. Obviously, Sweet Tooth was announced and I think he’s going to be a very iconic character on the show. He was voiced by Will Arnett, played by wrestler Samoa Joe, who did an incredible job. When you think In that game, the first thing that comes to mind is the ice cream truck, it’s the piece that has been commercialized all these years”.

In fact, at the end of August, the show wrapped up production and celebrated with, of course, some Sweet Tooth ice cream. The series was created by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and stars Anthony Mackie as an amnesiac post-apocalyptic outsider tasked with delivering a mysterious package across the wasteland.

“The creators of the show, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, Rhett is a huge, big fan of the game,” Swan explained. So, I’m really trying to take those elements from those things they do, and that tempo, and that style. I’m able to take this violent and ridiculous stuff and make it funny. Zombieland is a good barometer if you look at what happens in that movie about what we could do. Their purpose is that you can enjoy yourself in the most apocalyptic.”

The appreciation for the games among the crew doesn’t stop at Reese and Wernick, though.

“Michael Jonathan Smith is our showrunner, who is one of the great writers on Cobra Kai, and he was a huge fan of the game and wanted to make it fun, even when it’s dark,” Swan said. “But there are high stakes moments where bad things happen and you feel emotional about it… but gaming is just such fun and craziness, so we’re trying to capture that as best we can.

“It was a big game for me because I absolutely love that franchise. When it came out, I used to play it in my friend’s apartment in their game loft and pass out at night, playing it like every night, every time a new one came out one. So again, trying to build plots along the way…”

Due to the simplistic storyline and apocalyptic nature of the show, fans thought the series might resemble George Miller’s classic Mad Max series. According to Swan, the show changed its approach early on.

“We all thought we had a battle royale in season one. It’s fun, but it’s hard to know the characters, and it’s hard to know the history of the world if you’re tied to one place,” he said. “Thunderdome is the third film in [the Mad Max] franchise after thoroughly establishing what is going on. So you want to take the time to build this world, build these characters.”

He continued, “I can’t wait for people to see Anthony Mackie on the show, he plays John Doe. It’s such a different character to him, along the lines of those fun, flippant, never take anything seriously characters that Wernick and Reese they’re doing so well.”

The Twisted Metal series is one of many new video game adaptations of the Playstation as the company tries to break into the world of film and television. The studio is also behind a film adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima with John Wick creator Chad Stahelski on board. An HBO series adaptation of The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey will also hit TV screens in mid-January.

Carson Burton is a freelance news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.

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