On Feb 14, Deadline.com broke the news that a Twisted Metal movie, based on the popular video game, was in the works on the same day that the newest version of the violent driving game came out for the PlayStation 3. The film will be directed by Brian Taylor, who previously worked on the new Ghost Rider film and the Crank series, and produced by Avi and Ari Arad, who come from the Spiderman and Ironman franchises.
Like the video game, the film will tell the story of a group of misfits and freaks who participate in a secret underground driving tournament in which combatant drive around in armored and weaponized cars (and one ice cream truck) in a brutal fight to the death. The entire ordeal is orchestrated Calypso, a supernatural being who uses the tournament to examine the human condition and push it to its limits. The last character standing is granted one wish by Calypso.
Despite the relatively complex pretense for the video game series, the games themselves have very little actual plot, instead focusing on graphic animated violence. Game director and designer David Jaffe pointed out this minor issue, tweeting, This just in: The recently announced Twisted Metal movie will contain no story. Because from what I hear I hate stories. That is all :).
Turning video games into movies is no new trend, and dates as far back as the first Mario Bros. film, released in Japan in 1986. Here are five other movies based on video games to watch while you wait for Twisted Metal the movie, which has no release date for now.
1.The American version of Super Mario Bros was released in 1993 and tells the story of Mario and Luigi, two Italian plumbers from Brooklyn who find themselves travelling through a parallel universe where King Koopa is dictator and Princess Daisy is in peril. The movie received negative reactions from fans and critics and has a measly 13 percent on RottenTomatoes.com.
2. Mortal Kombat was released in 1995 and based on the fighting game franchise. It follows a warrior and a special forces agent who are guided by Thunder God Raiden while on a journey to combat an evil sorcerer in a fighting tournament in order to save the earth from destruction. The movie was very popular with fans of the games, despite mixed reviews from film critics.
3.Tomb Raider (2001) was an adventure-thriller based on the video game series and starring Angelina Jolie as the protagonist. Reviews were largely negative but praised Jolie's performance.
4. Based on the Capcom survival and zombie killing game, Resident Evil (2002), tells the story of a female heroine, Alice, and a band of workers at the fictional Umbrella Corporation as they attempt to contain and survive a man-made zombie virus outbreak in the underground labs of the corporation.
5. Starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Doom (2005) tells the story of a group of special agents sent to a futuristic science outpost on the moon to deal with an outburst of man-made zombie virus. Doom is based on the shooting game of the same name, but invents its own plot and characters.
Bonus! Pokemon: The Animated Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998) took the already hugely successful Pokemon franchise to new heights, grossing over $150 million worldwide.