Anthony Macky (Captain America 4) will take some time out of the MCU for a deep dive into the twisted metal universe, with Hollywood Deadline exclusively reporting that the actor is set to direct and executive produce Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions’ live-action adaptation of the popular video game. Mackie is set to play the lead role of John Doe, a shrewd milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, he has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill his wish of finding a community, but only if he can survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat. The half-hour live-action series is set to be bought for a home soon.
Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai) will write and executive produce the series, with Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick attached to the executive product. Electric Avenue Arnett and Mark Forman will be the executive producer with Pierre Principal/Artists first. Mackie, his manager Jason Spire from Inspire Entertainment and PlayStation Proucions Asad Qizilbash & Carter Swan as good as Hermen Hulst (head of PlayStation Studios) are also set to executive produce. Based on an original take by Reese & Wernick (dead Pool), the series is a high-octane action-comedy about a motor-mouthed alien who is offered a chance for a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll take on savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other road hazards, including a deranged clown who drives an all-too-familiar ice cream truck.
“We’ve been huge fans of Anthony’s phenomenal work over the years and knew he was the only actor capable of playing such a complex, funny and compelling character as John Doe. Luckily for us, he agreed,” said Glenn Adilman, EVP Comedy Development at Sony TV. “We are thrilled to have Anthony Mackie on board. His ability to mix comedy, action and drama is perfect for the Twisted world we are creating,” Qizilbash followed.