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Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are developing Twisted Metal into a TV Adaptation. The original tale comes from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick with Cobra Kai’s Michael Jonathan Smith writing the adaptation. The first Twisted Metal video game was launched in 1995 and has spawned five more sequels for the PS One, PS2 and PS3. The action comedy follows a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck. Will Arnett will executive produce via his production company Electric Avenue, along with Marc Forman and Peter Principato/Artists First, Smith, Reese, Wernick, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. Source: Deadline
Sony Pictures announced today that the release date for Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be pushed back from March to June 11th, 2021. This will be the same weekend the first Ghostbusters movie was released in 1984. The new installment is being directed by Jason Reitman and stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson and Paul Rudd. The project is being produced by Ivan Reitman. Gil Kenan and Reitman penned the script, which centers on a single mom and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Source: Deadline
Variety is reporting that Netflix has emerged the winner of a two-year auction to have the exclusive U.S. rights to stream Sony Pictures’ theatrical releases in the first pay TV window starting with the studio’s 2022 slate. Included in the first-look agreement with Sony for all of the studio’s original movies produced for the direct-to-streaming market. This agreement has Sony committed to a certain numbers of titles for Netflix but the studio can sell to other streaming services if Netflix passes on the project. Older titles from Sony's movie vault is included with a license for an unspecified number of titles. Starz is the Sony Pictures’ primary pay TV partner and the new theatrical output deal with Netflix, which only covers the U.S., is believed to run about five years and is undoubtedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the studio over the term. Industry sources said Sony executives are working on another significant theatrical movie licensing pact outside the Netflix agreement. Netflix already has a deal with Sony for all of its animated releases and next year this will include all movies from the various film banners on the Culver City lot — including Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures — will stream exclusively on Netflix after their theatrical and home entertainment releases. That promises to bring to Netflix future installments of the “Spiderman,” “Venom” and “Jumanji” franchises, among others. The windows for Netflix usually begins about nine months after a film’s theatrical release, although this timetable may become sooner. Sources did not confirm if the viewing of new Sony movies will be included in the traditional monthly cost for Netflix or if Netflix will be adding on an additional pay service for viewing.
Sources within Sony Pictures have informed Deadline that Oscar Isaac is attached to play Solid Snake in the Jordan Vogt-Roberts long awaited Metal Gear Solid adaptation. The film is based on the Metal Gear Solid video game created by Hideo Kojima and published by Konami. The script is written by Derek Connolly with Avi Arad producing and Peter Kang executive producing for the studio. Source: Deadline