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Before 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' has even hit theaters, co-director Brian Taylor has just netted himself a major payday. Sony Pictures has reportedly offered Taylor a seven-figure deal to write and direct a film adaptation of the best-selling video game 'Twisted Metal.' The game, and subsequently the film, would center on a bizarre sporting event orchestrated by a madman named Calypso that sets people against each other in a death match of weaponized vehicles. The film will purportedly feature popular characters from the game including Sweet Tooth, a maniac clown who drives an ice cream truck, and Doll Face, a masked young woman who drives a big rig. 'Twisted Metal' will mark the first time Brian Taylor has worked without his collaborative partner Mark Neveldine. No word yet as to when 'Twisted Metal' will begin shooting.
So let me get this straight, Sony is paying Brian Taylor a boatload of money to write and direct a movie based on a once-great video game before they've even see the box office returns on his biggest film to date? And they are giving him all this money to do the project without Mark Neveldine? Any success these two guys have had has been a result of their collaboration. Taylor is 100% untested as a solo artist and THIS is the project they hand him along with a great big check? Seems ill-advised to say the least. Not to mention the fact that this plot sounds remarkably similar to the Paul W.S. Anderson remake of Roger Corman's 'Death Race 2000.' Granted, I'm aware that the video game existed prior to the remake, but how is Sony going to make the film version of 'Twisted Metal' distinct from 'Death Race?' I guess I need a little insight from our trusty Spillios.
Do you think a 'Twisted Metal' film could work? Is Brian Taylor the right choice to direct? What game elements need to show up in the film to make it stand out from 'Death Race?'