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Brian Taylor writing and directing a Twisted Metal movie? That's kind of brilliant...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Deadline is reporting that Brian Taylor (half of the team that brought us the Crank films) is going to be writing and directing a solo project for Sony based on the Twisted Metal games.

Yes, I thought the new Ghost Rider film was awful (not in a good way), but the Neveldine/Taylor style of dark humor, frantic action and gory and ridiculous over the top sequences is perfect for this material. I mean, this is a game about pimped out vehicles driven by murderous clowns and serial killers blowing each other up in order to have a single wish granted.

Now, I don't know what to make of Taylor going out alone on this one, but I guess we'll see just how much of the style from the Neveldine/Taylor films he brings to the project. I'm guessing it's quite a lot since Sony is paying him handsomely.




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  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Ah, crap. The new Ghost Rider sucks?

    by Yelsaeb

    That makes me sad.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Kyle

    love this idea and love this game, hope it is more like twisted metal black

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    eh...heard of worse

    by presidentevil

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    surprise me hollywood

    by presidentevil

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Twisted Metal > Ghost Rider: This sounds so, so good...

    by Zahaladeen

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    No Crank 3??

    by john


  • Feb. 14, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Taylor's still talking about reteaming with Neveldine for a Crank 3. Fingers crossed. Those movies are real grindhouse style treasures.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    They also made Gamer

    by quintana007

    A godawful waste of resources. And this just sounds like Roger Cormans Death Race. But hey, without Scarface we never had GTA, right?

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    About time someone tackled a Twisted Metal movie...

    by Terry

    Talk about a video game franchise begging to be made into a film or three. This is one project I wouldn't have minded seeing Michael Bay get a hold of.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by AidanJames

    How the fuck can you NOT know that the Ghost Rider sequel will suck? I knew that shit before they finished signing the deal to get it made. ...I called that shit before there was a script.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    game-to-movie adaptations prove Hollywood is retarded

    by Adelai Niska

    Several GREAT games with built-in audiences tell GREAT stories. All a studio would have to do is directly adapt the existing story and make a movie. Exactly the same way you adapt a book, only the source material is a game. Instead, they choose to make movies out of games with NO PLOT (such as Super Mario or Twisted Metal, whose creator spoke out against having story in games just last week) Or, they choose a game that does have a plot and completely bastardize it (The Uncharted movie they talk about, Prince of Persia, Resident Evil, etc.)

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Can't fucking wait...

    by KHjLL

    LoveTWISTED METAL growing up... Wonder what NEVELDINE is going to do then solo...

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I never saw Ghost Rider . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but the sequel looks fun. Disappointing talk abounds . . .

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    So is Halo still in development hell?

    by atlatl

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I'm intrigued, despite knowing better

    by CrusherJen

    They're fun games, I've got fond memories of playing them. A movie based on Twisted Metal might be good cheesy fun, or it could be a real stinker. I'd like to hear more about this before I buy a ticket, but... maybe.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    here's a movie i'd like to see in 3D

    by soup74

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Cannonball Run with Crank-style humour? I'm sold

    by Spandau Belly

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    New Twisted Metal came out for PS3 yesterday

    by clupula

    Still have to pick it up. Always loved the series. As for this news, I think it can be good or bad. I'd much prefer what David Jaffe, the creator of the series wanted, which would be a hard-R movie that focuses not on the contest but on the character of Sweet Tooth, the clown serial killer with the flaming head. He had the idea that you could probably make a whole new Friday the 13th-like movie franchise out of the character.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST

    adelai niska

    by clupula

    David Jaffe didn't speak out against story in games last week. That quote was last year and he wasn't talking about getting rid of story completely. He was talking about how the story should serve the gameplay, not the other way around. He said too many games focus on trying to tell a great story, instead of focusing on making the game as fun as possible. He did make the new Twisted Metal have less characters, but a deeper focus on the three characters it does have in its story mode. He's not 100% against story and there are a ton of stories to be told within the tournament.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Just bought the game yesterday and now a Movie?

    by Stalkeye

    Didn't get a chance to play Twisted due to te Mass Effect 3 demo getting the most attention. A T M Movie might just work if handled well, it's gotta be better than that shitfest Deathrace remake, right?!?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Oh Man

    by alexander

    Twisted Metal on the PS! was just a classic... havn't played any sequels since... but a new one on PS3 sounds exciting....

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    What!..the new Ghost Rider is shit?.....How can that be?....

    by cameron

    ....Ghost Rider movie crap; about as surprising as hearing Bay's making Transformers 4!!!! Hey! Maybe we should make a wacky movie based on a video game, that always works! Hollywood is dead............... I'm going to go work for Dick Jones... .. .. . .. .. DICK JONES! He's the number two guy at OCP don'tchaknow!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Quit apologizing for these shitbirds...

    by Danny

    They have yet to actually make a movie that has "dark humor, frantic action and gory and ridiculous over the top sequences." They've somehow just jedi mind fucked people into thinking that they have. Seriously, go back and watch "Crank" again. No, no, *without* a bong in your hand this time. Tell me where the "action" is, other than a really amateur hour shootout at the end. At what point does Statham actually kick-ass in that movie? Admittedly I didn't watch Crank 2, because the first one was such a kick in the sack. But Jonah Hex, and now a shitty Ghost Rider film where he PISSES FIRE? It's time we stop blaming the studio, or blaming previous drafts of the script, etc. They produce more shit than a pig farm where the pigs are fed a diet of 99-cent taco bell gorditas.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Fucking "Gamer!"

    by Danny

    I forgot about that wankfest! Seriously, a big Dexter dance number at the climax? Goddammit. I wish Neveldene and Taylor would team up with Darren Lynn Bousman to create "Crank 3: The Genetic Opera", so we could knock out all of the sequels-I'll-never-see-to-movies-that-never-should-have-existed in the same 90 minutes.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    This was the sort of game meant to appeal to fans

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    of nu-metal bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn. Why oh why must we resurrect that culture?!?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Reason why Ghost Rider sucks

    by doom master

    Because honestly, he's overpowered when it comes to regular human criminals...Apparently in his case he has to be in a storyline with Devil vs Devil.... Ive never read the comics, but it just seems fairly obvious. I mean I wouldnt mind seeing him go against a human crime organization, but cmon...You know he'll beat them all. so WTF.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I'm not taking Quints word on Ghostrider 2.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I wasn't THAT disappointed with the first one. The second looks like an improvement. I don't see if being a bad film so I'm in. Remember in the end it's a movie based on a comic book. Stop expecting some Kubrickesque style of cinema or storytelling. Just have fun with it.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Didnt they already make this into a crappy movie?

    by hopeless

    It was called Deathrace.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Neveldine should go make the Toxic Avenger Remake

    by JackSlater4

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Jackslater4 has a perfect idea.

    by Danny

    Neveldine and Tayler would be perfect for "Troma with a budget" films.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I've been waiting for a "Twisted Metal" movie since I was 10...

    by Jon Forbing

    ... but if it's from one of the guys responsible for "Gamer", "Ghost Rider", and "Crank", I think I'll pass.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Anyone who plays the new TM, please post how it is

    by Joe Plumber

    I'm dying to know how the new game is, but I will probably not pick it up until the price drops.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    It could work.

    by Chang-A-Lang

    Just use all (or most) of the characters from Black and keep the tone nice and dark. I doubt it'll turn out to be anything flat-out awesome but I'm interested to see what happens.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    The new Twisted Metal

    by clupula

    It's actually pretty fun. I had to change the controls to Racing Style, instead of classic style, since it's been so many years of the gas on games being R2, instead of the Square button, like it was in the original Twisted Metal. Once I fixed that, it was a lot of fun. Storyline-wise, it's only Sweet Tooth, Mr. Dark, and Dollface, with Preacher not being controllable, but being part of the story. The thing is that now any character can use any vehicle. So, they have Outlaw and the Ice Cream Truck and a helicopter and Darkside and Axel and you can have, say, Dollface between the two wheels. Online is kinda broken right now, but they're patching that up soon. I'd say it's worth the $60. In fact, if you get it now, it comes with a free download of Twisted Metal Black for the PS3. That's only the first run copies. Plus, there's an online pass, so if you get it used, you have to pay $10 to go online. I'd say get it now. If you liked the old ones, it's definitely fun. It's VERY satisfying to drive through suburban homes. Plus, you can put your own music on your PS3 and have that play when you're in the game.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    GR:SOV seems divisive.

    by blackwood

    The only preview I know of was BNAT, and I got the impression that it was only as hated as it was enjoyed. Danny Kletch was my GR, as drawn by Texeira. It was the comic to really get me into comics as a kid. I played the demo for Twisted Metal and came away disinterested. I liked the idiosyncratic controls but I'm not a huge fan of games designed entirely around competitive multiplayer. Plus I was instantly shit at it so there's that.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Carmageddon is better...

    by Darth Macchio

    Ok, I'm biased I'll admit...but Carmageddon was basically "Death Race 2000" put to video game with modern environments. You "won" in one of three ways: -Complete all the checkpoints in order for a set number of laps -Kill each and every racing opponent -Kill all the civilians on the map Seriously - the game was some of the most fun I've had and it's utterly simple - basically no story at all, you're a quasi-"Mad Max"/"Frankenstein" mash-up psychopath driving a variety of vehicles (change as you progress) just pure carnage and mayhem fun! My personal favorite power-ups: Giant heads - run this power-up over and all civilians get giant heads and lowered voices (especially great as you run them down - they're heads even pop off and will roll down an inclined street!). Civilian Repellent - get this power up and hit the power key and any civilians within a specific distance get blasted away by giant springs popping out of your vehicle Granite Car - self-explanatory, anything you hit is demolished utterly. The first one had an actual football game going on that you could drive into - the players would run and scream as you bowl them over. Twisted Metal is great, sure - but nowhere near the sheer chaos and mayhem you can unleash in Carmageddon... But for a movie - yeah, Twisted Metal works better as it's not quite so 'Death Race" as Carmageddon obviously would be...but it's still a better game.