Monday, February 28, 2022

Peacock Gives Series Order to 'Twisted Metal' Adaptation Starring Anthony Mackie

Peacock has today given a series order to the original half-hour action comedy series Twisted Metal, a live-action adaptation of the video game. Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) will play the lead role.

The high-octane action comedy centers on a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he'll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.

Mackie will play John Doe, a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true, but only if he can survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat.

Michael Jonathan Smith will serve as showrunner on the series based on an original idea by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. All three will executive produce with Mackie, Will Arnett, Marc Forman, Jason Spire, Peter Principato, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan and Hermen Hulst. Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, PlayStation Productions, Electric Avenue, Make It With Gravy Productions, Inspire Entertainment and Artists First will produce.

"Twisted Metal has been a global phenomenon for more than 25 years but it was the creative vision for this live-action adaptation, led by Michael Jonathan Smith, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, that blew us away. Also Anthony Mackie starring made it undeniable!" said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "This adrenalin-infused comedy series is in expert hands with our partners at Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television, and will be the perfect addition to Peacock as we continue to look for uniquely entertaining programs."