Twisted Metal movie on the way - Report

Sony Pictures reaches seven-figure deal with <i>Ghost Rider</i>, <i>Crank</i> co-director Brian Taylor to write and direct live action take on vehicular combat game.

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The Twisted Metal franchise is leaping to the big screen, according to film news site Deadline.

Twisted Metal is riding to Hollywood.

The site is reporting that Sony Pictures has made a seven-figure deal with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor to write and direct a film based on the game. Taylor also co-directed action movies Crank, Crank 2, and Gamer. This Twisted Metal movie will be the first film Taylor directs on his own.

According to the site, the Twisted Metal film will focus on an "underground event" that has a string of combatants dueling to the death in weaponized vehicles. The organizer of the race will be Calypso, a "string-puller," who will grant the victor any wish he chooses.

Deadline is also reporting that the iconic murderous clown Sweet Tooth will appear in the film alongside the masked Doll Face. No further information regarding the Twisted Metal movie was provided.

Writing on Twitter, Twisted Metal developer David Jaffe cheekily said, "This just in: the recently announce [sic] Twisted Metal movie will contain no story. Because from what I hear, I hate stories. That is all :)." At last week's D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, Jaffe gave a presentation (embedded below) about why telling stories in games is a bad idea.

For more on the just-released Twisted Metal, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

52 comments
benkindelstudio
benkindelstudio

I am not a big name anywhere, but for the last 4 years, I have been working on a story for a Twisted Metal movie. The story is an epic telling of the game, following 33 different people and how they are affected by the game. It is not an underground thing, as explained above. If anyone from Sony is reading this, please give me a chance. It is a dark action/horror film that has some serious potential, not like the story described above. My name is Benjamin Kindel, and I am 18 years old on the way to film school in the fall. I have written two feature length scripts that I'm trying to get noticed for. If you give me a chance, I will make it worth your time.

Metal_Jaws
Metal_Jaws

Use the characters from TM2...there was plenty of pretty engrossing story there that could help to reel viewers in.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

Hopefully they don't screw it up. They'll probably do something stupid, like kill off Sweet Tooth in the first 5 minutes of the movie.

manciuxl
manciuxl

so? a movie is coming but they couldn even make a decent single player fot the game?

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Maxd76 @nousername66 Deathrace was a remake of the film deathrace 2000 from 1975 so if anything deathrace is possibly one of the things that inspired twisted metal I quite liked the film Maxd76 it wasn't mind blowing but enjoyable

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@soulless4now If your worried by ghost rider you've obviously never seen crank or even worse crank2

-Vulpix-
-Vulpix-

I did like Prince of Persia The Sands of Time, but wonder how a Twisted Metal movie turn not sure what the story would be since I only played the PS3 game one. Hopefully the movie will turn out good though

bluebird08
bluebird08

@soulless4now what are you talking about? ghost rider 2 looks fricking epic

soulless4now
soulless4now

The director of Ghost Rider? They couldn't get anyone better? Sony, you disappoint me.

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

my question is who going to be the main character? sweet tooth?

Neo_Gamer81
Neo_Gamer81

TM is a game with little story and plenty of action. Anyone who has been a fain knows this. If anyone goes to a moive based on TM expecting more story than action they just don't get it.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

It sounds like potential.....oh wait, the Ghost Writer co-director is making it. :(

statix666999
statix666999

Twisted Metal is essential grindhouse. If the budget is 9 million and they keep the grit (no PG-13 crap), it should be enough for fans. The big difference between the film and game cutscenes would be that we actually get to see the cars fighting in a stylized video format. Crank was decent, as was Ghost Rider. We don't need Scorsese. The point of TM is fun destruction, not to win an Oscar.

X-RS
X-RS

7 figures = Tekken movie We need at least 8 for it too be decent -.- Dunno what we'll need for it to actually come out though...

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

They left it to the guy who co-directed Ghost Rider and Gamer? Well, I think it's safe to say that this movie is doomed.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I assume this will be out right after the Halo, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed and Gears of War movies. In other words never.

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

wtf is wrong with this guy, hes saying you shouldnt tell a story with a game? then wtf would be the point of a game there would be nonsense going on no game would have any direction and you wouldnt know what you were doing or why your doing it and you wouldnt know what games to buy, "whats this game about, well i dont know it has no story mode so i have no clue what its about" i agree to much story line does suck, but it shouldnt be done away with all together. there should just be more gameplay and a background of why your doing what your doing

Maxd76
Maxd76

I think they tried this before. It was called Death Race. It was nothing special.

Brokazaki
Brokazaki

Well, Ghost Rider, Crank, Crank 2, and Gamer were all terrible movies so I think we all know what's going to happen with this one

yeah_28
yeah_28

oh you stupid hollywood, you just gotta make everything a movie dont you?

cdjem17
cdjem17

Out of all the games that could be made movies, the twisted metal series is one that one that could transition over perfectly, just the way the games are could be easily translated into an enjoyable movie

pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

Havent played any tiwsted metal games, so is this gonna be like Death Race?

Kiriyama_X
Kiriyama_X

Yeah...going to give a pass on that one.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

What a stupid idea. What's next, Pong?

gix47
gix47

live action...mmmm

PandaTrueno86
PandaTrueno86

Normally, I'm against video game based movies and I won't watch them in theaters. But this one I'm willing to give a shot. The video games were weak in storyline, but they had carnage. Which is just what the movie really needed.

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

I'll watch it just because it's out there. Crank and Gamer weren't great movies, but there were fun to watch. I actually enjoyed them.

Grovilis
Grovilis

This could be REALLY good, but after looking at who's working on it, my hopes just plummeted.

ziproy
ziproy

Wow Ghost Rider and Crank! Those were great movies right??

LemonSquiggle
LemonSquiggle

Arrrrggh! Not another game-to-film film. Still, at least the film can't ruin the game, so there's that.

Alpr1010
Alpr1010

I considered Death Race to be twisted metal, the closest of it anyways. Well, just hope it turns good.

MythPro1
MythPro1

Probably just another Death Race.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Death race wasn't good enough? only way I can see this work is if the cast was like the expendables.... chuck norris as outlaw... Sweet Tooth- WWE Kain? or Mark Hamil lol. Crank copy but Jason Stathem as Road Kill. Axel played by Some big black guy... f*** it, make him the Rock....not black but who cares. But Axels dad could be samuel l jackson lol. omg I could actually have fun with this line of characters but the movie still would suck. Better make it a comedy. only way it works to me. And getChristaphor Lambert for colypso. or as someone said Nick Cage...

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

If this happens, they seriously need to embrace the insanity of the franchise, both in terms of story/characters and action. And if they can get him to put in an epically over-the-top, bugnuts insane performance, I wouldn't object to Nic Cage as Calypso. Because that's the sort of crazy a Twisted Metal movie is gonna need if it's going to be...well, not necessarily good, but FUN.

rasputin177
rasputin177

This actually sounds like something that could be a movie on its own. Not saying its going to be amazing judging by the guys other work but the tools are there. What role does Sweet Tooth play in the game?

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Another game to crap movie translation.

hyksiu
hyksiu

This movie must be some crazy, over the top, twisted :) movie!

Ubersoldat87
Ubersoldat87

Guys this is gonna be censored in europe

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This is one game adaptation I may actually go for.... There's enough story in TM to make a good film, let's just hope they don't eff it up.....

Longini
Longini

Good quote from Jaffe haha.

pokecharm
pokecharm

just please let them not bring Nick Cage into this movie as well...

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

This will be terrible, no exceptions.

Number_1_
Number_1_

They're probably going to use the three characters from the PS3 game; Sweet Tooth, Doll Face and Mr. Grimm and Calypso too