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Director Talks ‘Twisted Metal’ Film That Almost Was; Nic Cage as Sweet Tooth?!

“That was gonna be badass… batshit.”

You may remember that the Twisted Metal video game franchise was going to be turned into a feature film by Sony back in 2012, with Crank and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor at the helm. Unfortunately, it ended up in development Hell.

Speaking with Collider this week, Taylor revealed what happened to the planned adaptation, while also giving us some insight into what the film would’ve been like.

It became like a ‘tweener. Sony came out with a new version of the game, didn’t really sell that well,” Taylor explained. “So they had this property that was kind of like this ‘tweener. It was a movie that felt like it needed to be $50 million, but they didn’t feel that the fanbase really merited that kind of movie. It’s not worth doing it unless you can really push the envelope and do destruction people haven’t seen before. So I don’t know, it’s sort of in movie purgatory, but I tell ya… it’s cool.”

Twisted Metal, man. That was gonna be badass… the script… it’s batshit,” he continued. “It was kind of like Fury Road before Fury Road in a way. The set pieces in Twisted Metal were kind of the same thing. I’m not saying it would’ve been as good, I am definitely not.”

By the way,” he added. “I wanted Nic Cage to be Sweet Tooth.”

Taylor noted that even today, he’d still love to bring his script to life.



  • C-3PO’s

    Death Race (2008) was close enough, thanks. I loved the first couple of games, but can’t stand Black onward. The flaming head thing is ridiculous. Maybe that’s why he wanted Nic Cage.

    • zombie84_41

      BLACK sucked donkey dick.

      • Cure4Humanity

        I enjoyed that they tried to bring more to the characters in Black…but other than that, yeah, it sucked shit.

        • zombie84_41

          I re played it on PS4 for that PS now and I was like what is this LOL.

  • Jordan KO

    I forgot about this but that could’ve been an entertaining flick. Only played the reboot and didn’t really care for it.

  • zombie84_41

    This movie should be made. If it tanks it tanks will all know it will but for us to see insane stunts and shit blow up and twist fucking metal as a movie then I’ll take a tank.

    • Easy to say when it’s not your money. No studio is going to invest in a film they’re positive it will tank.

      • zombie84_41

        They surly did with mother LOL. And they sticking by it too. because they knew it be a hard choice and not do well. Sometimes studio’s should take risk.

  • Necro

    The games were definitely cool and if this were allowed to be done properly with a kick-ass ‘metal’ soundtrack, hell yeah I’d see it!

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