In what can only be a carefully-planned piece of synergy, Sony Pictures announced that they're making a Twisted Metal movie, on the same day that the latest version of the video game hit stores. In a slightly sadder bit of synergy, they also announced that the directing team of Neveldine/Taylor – the directors of Crank and this week's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – are apparently breaking up. On Valentine's Day. That's pretty cold right there.
Yes, Brian Taylor, one half of the directing team Neveldine/Taylor (he's the "Taylor" part), has been tapped to write and direct the Twisted Metal movie, according to a new report from Deadline. He'll be paid seven figures for the film, which makes us wonder how Mark Neveldine's feeling right now. Twisted Metal will be produced by Avi Arad, who brought you the original Spider-Man movie trilogy and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Like the game, the film will tell the story of a group of anti-social characters – like Sweet Tooth, the murderous clown (like we needed another one of those) – who sign up for an underground demolition derby and fight to the death in tricked out, weaponized vehicles. The winner is granted a single wish, which typically backfires on them Monkey's Paw-style. Taylor's got a kick-to-the-balls style of filmmaking which makes him the ideal choice for this material, even if it is pretty much Death Race with a MacGuffin from Dragonball Z.
All kidding aside, Neveldine/Taylor are not breaking up, but this is the first project that either filmmaker has directed solo. They're still slated to do the Crank 3 in the near future, and reportedly have plans for other joint projects in the future.
CraveOnline will be back with more Twisted Metal news after we do the Calypso.