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'Ghost Rider' Co-Director Brian Taylor Making a 'Twisted Metal' Movie

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February 14, 2012
Source: Deadline

Twisted Metal

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.

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  • Chris Amaya
    I really wish these two idiots would stop making movies......
    • Maddog88
      I Wish That You Can Shut The F*** Up
      • Chris Amaya
        Real classy dude....
        • Maddog88solola
          that's all you got? your no better yourself
          • Chris Amaya
            I'm not going to continue your childish war of words dude. Seriously....Grow up...
  • Jericho
    until i actually see the new Ghost Rider, i will say whether or not this should be made by them..........
  • Maddog88solola
    1. IT HAS TO BE AN HARD R-RATED ACTION FILM 2. IT'S FROM SONY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! 3. DAVID JAFFE THE GAME'S CREATOR SHOULD BE INVOVED AS Executive Producer. and 4. JUST BLOW S*** UP
    • Np 4austin
      ik!!! 
  • VI0LAT0R
    Not really to hyped about this, not because it couldn't be done, but I suspect it will be a let down. IMO to make it work like the game, it would take a kind of post apocalyptic world, where this "game" is held in an old destroyed and deserted city(NY, LA, London, ETC)...and it could work in levels throughout the movie...A la Running Man. I don't think you could make this movie work is a regular modern day setting, like the games can do IMO, but you can adapt the game script around a different setting to get it to work.   Then get the right team behind it, and it could be a seriously awesome 2 hours of action movie with tons of cars being destroyed, buildings, roads, and whatever else.
  • jmase23
    they're making this and confirming it right off the bat, a game that is cool but has no story depth and is all about action, but somehow they haven't made or crashed and burned a halo movie, an uncharted movie, elder scrolls movie, assassins creed movie, zelda, half-life, or metal gear solid movie??????............ i don't get it sometimes.
    • Jericho
      'a game that is cool but has no story depth and is all about action' now compare the other games on your list and see if they apply to this particular line...and you have your answer......
      • Zeus
        Uhm, Twisted Metal literally has *no storyline* unlike the games jmase23 lists. They may be action-based games, but actually follow a sequence of events toward a climax. Twisted Metal just has vague character backstories.
        • Zeus
          Oh, and I think this will be horrible.
        • Jericho
          thats what i was trying to tell him, he was confused why they will do twisted metal but none of the other games he listed and i added a line from his comment.....
    • grimjob
      That's probably BECAUSE its all action and no story. I would imagine its easier to blow shit up than to actually try to adapt one of your previous mentions. Speaking for myself, I'm actually looking forward to this. Not expecting anything great, just some eye candy and crazy characters to enjoy for about 2 hours. Kinda hard to be let down when that's all to expect.
  • Neuromancer
    Sounds Bay. And by that I mean Michael Bay. But without an intial storyline to screw up, he's probably not interested!
  • peloquin
    I wonder what Mark has in store for us next if he's not involved in this.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1454815633 Michael Baldwin
    has to be so close to NC-17 its not even funny for me to even CONSIDER going. They f**ked up ghostrider dont f*** up one of my childhood/teenage memories.
  • Cameron
    Does anyone even play Twisted Metal? What's next, Crash Bandicoot? I could name 100 games that would make better movies...
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1523381468 Jon Chamberlain
      There was a new Twisted Metal released 2 days ago. It is still popular enough for that to happen. My friends and I love it and will be looking forward to the new one when it reaches our shores on March 7th. 
  • Np 4austin
    me and my dad have been playing twisted metal since he first one in ps1 we liked twisted metal 2 small brawl black and the new one the most ,3,4, and head on were disapointing to us and the new one needed to focus a little less on the online to keep it more original. Black was my favorite though you could unlock things and play as anyone.
    • Np 4austin
      if you disagree with me or want to talk "twisted metal" im down! its my favorite PLAYSTATION series
  • Lindsaykemar42
    Twisted metal is one of my favorite games of all time

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