You’ll never hear that particular Sisqó track the same way again. Peacock unleashed its first look at its adaptation of Twisted Metal, starring Anthony Mackie as John Doe and Joe Seanoa as Sweet Tooth, with Will Arnett providing his voice. Said clip features our John Doe and Sweet Tooth as they battle it out in an arcade. Sweet Tooth offers irreverent quips while throwing punches at John Doe, who struggles to keep up.
Naturally, at one point, Sweet Tooth starts playing jams and belts out Sisqó’s “Thong Song.” John joins the musical fun as the two sync up for a perfect duet. John insists he’s listened to the aforementioned artist’s Unleash the Dragon album on repeat. He knows a thing or two about Sisqó’s catalog.
Here’s a synopsis for Twisted Metal per Peacock:
“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.”
The 10-episode series stars Mackie as John Doe, Seanoa/Arnett as Sweet Tooth, Stephanie Beatriz as Quiet and Thomas Haden Church as Agent Stone. Guest stars include Neve Campbell as Raven, Tahj Vaughans as Mike, Richard Cabral as Loud, Mike Mitchell as Stu and Lou Beatty Jr. as Tommy. Michael Jonathan Smith serves as showrunner/executive producer/writer, while Kitao Sakurai is at the helm as director for multiple episodes.
Twisted Metal is a series consisting of nine video games. It was created by David Jaffe and Scott Campbell and was launched on November 5, 1995, with the latest release on February 14, 2012. The games are playable on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Microsoft Windows.
While the humor feels a little too Marvel-y (perhaps because I’ve watched too many Marvel movies), I’m curious to see how this adaptation plays out. I like Anthony Mackie and am excited to see Stephanie Beatriz in a new role.
Check out the exclusive first look below, and brace yourself for all the unhinged murder clown goodness when Twisted Metal hits Peacock on Thursday, July 27, 2023.
What do you hope to see adapted from the game to the small screen? Sound off in the comments!