TWISTED METAL Teaser Sets the Tone for This Game Adaptation - Nerdist

TWISTED METAL Teaser Sets the Tone for This Game Adaptation

Some video game adaptations take us into very serious worlds. Just look at the dark, intense world of The Last of Us. But Peacock’s upcoming Twisted Metal series, which adapts the classic PlayStation game series into a half-hour live-action TV, will bring us something a little different. The first taste of the show only offers us a small glimpse of the world. But it’s enough to catch the vibes. Get your tunes in, load up your gun, start your engines, and let’s go.


Don’t let anyone or anything steal your sunshine—not even the world lighting on fire and the creepy clowns we see in this Twisted Metal teaser. It certainly has our attention, and we feel both entertained and ready for more action.

Here’s the synopsis for the series:

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.

peacock show twisted metal title card from teaser trailer

Creator Michael Jonathan Smith also notes:

Yes, Twisted Metal has the cars, it has the weapons, and it has the battles. But what it also has are people. I know you will fall in love with these characters and what drives them, no pun intended (okay, maybe a little intended). You will cheer for our charismatic hero John Doe, played by Anthony Mackie, as he drives across the Divided States of America in search of a place to belong. You’ll laugh as an enigmatic woman named Quiet, played by Stephanie Beatriz, throws John’s world for a loop after a chance encounter, forcing the two together and changing both their lives for the better. You will root for our heroes to take down psychotic highway patrolman Agent Stone, played by Thomas Haden Church, who sees the world in black and blue. And you’ll discover a surprising soulfulness to our deranged, murderous clown Sweet Tooth, voiced by Will Arnett and performed by Joe Seanoa aka wrestler Samoa Joe. 

This is a bonkers show about insiders and outsiders, and how our own special apocalypse has divided and isolated us more than ever. But there’s hope. You can find your people and your community. You may just have to get past a terrifying clown driving a well-armed ice cream truck to find them. 

Sounds like one fun road trip to us. The series stars Anthony Mackie after all, and we know he can carry a comedic beat. Plus, deranged clowns, a post-apocalyptic landscape, and found family? Sign us up. Twisted Metal releases on July 27.

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