'Ghost Rider' Co-Director Brian Taylor Making a 'Twisted Metal' Movie
From Ghost Rider to Twisted Metal. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures, seemingly quite happy with the work of Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine on Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, have hired just Brian to write and direct a live action adaptation of the iconic video game Twisted Metal. First debuted in 1995 for PlayStation, the game is now a big franchise with sequels, about a demolition derby that allows ballistic projectiles, machine guns, mines, and other types of weapons on vehicles. It's basically battle mayhem, which is perfect for Taylor, who loves to have fun with chaos and craziness on screen, including explosions.
The report says they've "made a preemptive 7-figure deal" on the project with Taylor, and has Avi and Ari Arad producing. Like the game, the film will revolve around an underground event that pits a number of combatants in a fight to the death. They are outfitted in armored weaponized cars with heavy weaponry that includes missiles and machine guns. The focus for this seems to be on Calypso, the race's proprietor who "will make a Faustian bargain in which they risk their lives." The sole survivor will get any wish granted. Similar to Death Race, but with a Brian Taylor Crank-esque twist I'm sure. The film will include characters from the games like Sweet Tooth, the iconic homicidal clown who drives an ice cream truck (seen above), as well as Doll Face, a young woman trapped behind a porcelain mask who drives an 18-wheeler.
This Twisted Metal adaptation will also be the first solo directorial project for Brian Taylor, who has normally partnered up with Mark Neveldine on their previous films (Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Gamer, now Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance). This definitely sounds like a lot of fun and a chance for Taylor to play around more with big pyrotechnics and crazy camera rigs on his own, which is always interesting. But will it live up to the games or just being another explosive action romp? We'll have to find out. Stay tuned.