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Peacock Picks Up ‘Twisted Metal’ TV Series Starring Anthony Mackie

News, Peacock, Streaming
Nick Davis

NBC’s foray into streaming Peacock is making no shortage of attempts at attracting people to the service. They’re making all kinds of attempts at nostalgia with a reimagining of Fresh Prince Of Bel-air, a Saved By The Bell revival, and even a new Psych movie.

Now gamers get a nostalgic name too, coming to television for the first time. The name is Twisted Metal, and it’s officially been picked up for its first season starring one of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now.

Twisted Metal On Peacock

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A shot from Twisted Metal (2012) for PS3.

Twisted Metal is a demented racing game that was a staple Playstation exclusive for nearly 20 years. As of lately, the franchise is dormant. The last game came out in 2012 and there has been little word from the franchise ever since. This news about a TV show coming to Peacock is sure to make gamers question when the next installment in the video game series will finally arrive. Until then, hopefully, this show will be enough for fans to hold onto.

The show will star Anthony Mackie, best known for his many appearances as The Falcon (Currently bearing Captain America’s shield) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show is said to be a comedy series. This makes sense considering the games’ proclivity for dark humor surrounding its explosive and edgy content.

The games revolve around a demolition derby contest called Twisted Metal. It’s no ordinary demolition derby, however, and it really emphasizes the “demolition” aspect. Within 15 minutes of booting up any Twisted Metal game, you’ll see no shortage of missiles, saws, and dynamite all meant to destroy every car in the drivers’ paths. The winner of the Twisted Metal contest gets a single wish granted by the host. The host is capable of bending reality itself around this wish, but often, the wish never comes true quite as the winner expects.

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Anthony Mackie, who is set to star in the Peacock series.

Rubber Meets Road Meets Hellfire

The show is being written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Previously, the two have written both Deadpool and Zombieland films. Those are movies that heavily emphasize a gratuitous mix of hilarity and gore. A mix like that is perfect for the Twisted Metal series and bodes well for fans of those movies. Anthony Mackie’s role isn’t too well known at this point. All that’s been said is that he’s “a wise-cracking milkman tasked with delivering a package across the post-apocalyptic landscape”. Nothing about that premise is too similar to the concept of the Twisted Metal games, but it’s still an interesting concept regardless.

There is no release date for the Twisted Metal TV series just yet. But the show will premiere on Peacock most likely later this year or next.

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