'Crank' Co-Director Brian Taylor To Make 'Twisted Metal' Video Game Adaptation

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have worked for years as a directing duo, making features such as the two Crank films, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Now, just days before that last film is released, Brian Taylor has been announced to direct his first solo feature.

Appropriately given that Sony has just released the latest installment of the Twisted Metal game franchise, Taylor will make the long-rumored film version of Twisted Metal. The film will depict a battle between strange characters who are behind the wheels of vehicles armed with extreme firepower.

Deadline says that the film will preserve characters such as Sweet Tooth, a murderous clown who drives an ice cream truck. Taylor will write and direct the film, with a story based on,

an underground event that pits a number of combatants in a fight to the death... The proprietor of the race is Calypso, a string-puller dedicating to examining the human condition, such as what makes a peaceful man violent, what terrifies a violent man and who will make a Faustian bargain in which they risk their lives. The sole survivor will get any wish granted.

This doesn't mean that the directorial team has split; Neveldine and Taylor will continue to write and direct films, including possible third Crank and Ghost Rider films.