The days of poo pooing any TV or film based on a video game are long over. Not only are these movies becoming major box office success stories, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Uncharted, and The Super Mario Bros Movie, but shows such as The Last of Us are achieving critical acclaim. And Peacock hopes to find the same with their upcoming Twisted Metal series, based on the demolition derby-esque Sony Playstation franchise.
Anthony Mackie stars as John Doe, a chatty guy with amnesia asked to deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He’ll have to survive a bunch of colorful, deadly marauders just to have a shot at a better life.
Also in the cast are Stephanie Beatriz, Thomas Haden Church, Will Arnett, Neve Campbell, Richard Cabral, Mike Mitchell, Tahj Vaughans, and Lou Beatty Jr. For fellow wrestling fans, keep an eye out for ROH World TV champ Joe “Samoa Joe” Seanoa as the physical embodiment of Sweet Tooth, with Arnett as the voice. Honestly, they could’ve had the menacing Joe do the voice, too.
The series is penned by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, so you know the humor will be extremely dark, as it should be.
Here’s the synopsis: TWISTED METAL, a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and written by Michael Jonathan Smith, about 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 badass axe-wielding 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.
Twisted Metal hits Peacock on July 27th.