We are in a dire need of a new Twisted Metal game, but it seems like it’s taking up in shape through a TV series that’s reportedly being produced by Sony’s recently announced PlayStation Productions, a new division that works on TV and film adaptations of Sony’s games.
So, what is PlayStation Productions you may ask? It’s a whole new section of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) that produces films and TV series for its extensive catalog of games – that includes Uncharted, God of War, Infamous, you name it. Currently, the Chairman of SIE, Shawn Layden, is overseeing the production studio alongside SIE’s Vice President in Marketing, Asad Qizilbash, as the head of PlayStation Productions.
It’s reported by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that the studio has a lot of unannounced projects in the works already aside from the recently revealed Twisted Metal TV series. “We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises, and stories,” Shawn told THR. “We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum.”
TWISTED METAL TV SERIES?
During Sony’s 2019 investor relations meeting, Tony Vinciquerra, the Chairman at Sony Pictures, announced that a Twisted Metal TV series is in the works alongside other unannounced projects at PlayStation Productions. Although, it’s not yet determined if the planned TV series is in pre-production or already in production.
Twisted Metal launched way back in 1995 on the original PlayStation. It was published by Sony Computer Entertainment and developed by 989 Studios. Its gameplay focused more on vehicular combat, split-screen experience, with iconic characters like Needless Kane (the infamous Sweet Tooth truck) and Dollface.
Fans of the game have wondered why there’s no release of any Twisted Metal games yet for this generation, it’s evident that Sony had different plans for the franchise. The history of mediocre and horrendous video-game film adaptations have made the community reluctant. However, this might turn around with Shawn Layden overseeing the projects being made in PlayStation Productions, who knows?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter (PlayStation Productions)