EXCLUSIVE: After recently being named the next Captain America, Anthony Mackie seems to have found his next juicy role to sink his teeth into. Sources tell Deadline that Mackie is starring in producing Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions ‘ Twisted Metal, a live-action adaptation of the popular video game. Mackie will star as John Doe in a half-hour live-action TV series, and insiders say Sony TV and PlayStation Productions are extremely high on the package, and a plan is underway to take it to buyers soon.
“We are thrilled to have Anthony Mackie on board. His ability to mix comedy, action and drama is perfect for the Twisted world we create, ”said Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions.
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Twisted Metal is a high-octane action comedy based on an original recording Deadpool the scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick about an outsider with a motor mouth offered a chance for a better life, but only if he could successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Using a trigger-happy car thief, he will meet savages who drive wreckage vehicles and other dangers on the open road, including an insane clown driving an all-too-famous ice truck.
Doe is a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives. Without a memory of his past, he gets once in a lifetime the opportunity to have his desire to find community fulfilled, but only if he can survive an attack of wild fighting.
“We have been big fans of Anthony’s phenomenal work over the years and knew he was the only actor who could play such a complex, funny and compelling character as John Doe. Fortunately for us, he agreed, ”said Glenn Adilman, EVP Comedy Development at Sony TV.
Cobra Kai author Michael Jonathan Smith will write and execute the series. Reese and Wernick are linked to executive products. Will Arnett and Marc Forman through their production company Electric Avenue produce leading production together with Peter Principato / Artists First. Mackie, his longtime manager Jason Spire of Inspire Entertainment, Qizilbash and Carter Swan (PlayStation Productions) and Hermen Hulst (head of PlayStation Studios) will also produce executives.
Mackie returns with his role as Sam Wilson / The Falcon in the Disney + hit series The falcon and the winter soldier, which set several records for the streamer. Prior to that, he appeared as Wilson in several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, most notably Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, as well as Avengers movie. He will also appear as Captain America in Captain America 4. His other credits include starring in Synchronous, Seberg, The Hurt Locker and Outside the cord which he and Spire produced for Netflix.
Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions’ The last of us is currently in production for HBO, from Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, game creator Neil Druckmann and Game of Thrones ex-producer Carolyn Strauss. It plays Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
Mackie gets ripped off by UTA and Inspire Entertainment. Smith is represented by Verve and 3Arts.