Anthony Mackie might just be having one of the best years in his career. First Falcon and the Winter Soldier drops on Disney Plus and rocks our world. Then it ends with Mackie taking on the mantel of Captain America in the future film. And now Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions have announced exclusively through Deadline that Mackie will be taking on the role of John Doe in the upcoming live-action series of Twisted Metal.
Twisted Metal was first released for PlayStation back in 1995 and has had a plethora of sequels and spin-off games throughout the years. The basis of the game is a demolition derby where players use ballistic projectiles, machine guns, mines and all kinds of weapons to take out other cars. And while this might seem like it wouldn’t translate to great TV, each installment of the game does have its own storyline that centers on a tournament.
It will be interesting to see how Sony and PlayStation plan on expanding on the story beyond that in the games. I am also interested to see who will be joining Mackie in the arena. They will need to be able to match his ability to be funny yet realistic in action without making the whole series overly cheesy. We have quite a bit of time before we actually get a chance to see where this is going, so I am holding out my hope.
Mackie’s character John Doe is a milkman who can talk just as fast as he can drive. He’s got no memory and can’t turn down this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true. He just needs to survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat. Easy right? Let the tournament begin!
Twisted Metal will be written and produced by Michael Jonathan Smith. Keep an eye out for more exciting news as this project gets underway! Are you excited to see Mackie join Twisted Metal? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!