Paramount+ has acquired an action comedy series Bent metalstarring Anthony Mackie, for Canada under a contract with producer Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
All 10 episodes of the live-action adaptation of the classic PlayStation game series, set to debut in the US later this month on NBCUniversal streamer Peacock, will premiere in Canada on August 10th exclusively on Paramount Global’s Paramount+. Paramount+ will also launch the series “in other international territories to be announced at a later date,” the partners said Thursday, without giving details about those markets.
The SPT series is based on an original adaptation by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Dead Pool, zombie land) and written by Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai). Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) stars as motor-speaking misfit John Doe, who is offered a shot at a better life if he successfully delivers a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. “Aided by a badass, axe-wielding car thief, he must face off against savage marauders who drive vehicles of destruction and other open-road hazards, including a mad clown named Sweet Tooth who drives an all-too-familiar ice cream truck.”
Stephanie Beatrice (Brooklyn Nine Nine, Encanto) portrays Quiet with Joe Seanoa, the AEW wrestler named Samoa Joe, starring as Sweet Tooth, voiced by Will Arnett (Captured Development, The Lego Movie). Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man: No Way Home) is also part of the notable cast. The series’ guest stars include Neve Campbell (Scream), Richard Cabral (Mayan’s MC), Mike Mitchell (Love, The war of tomorrow), Tahj Vaughans (The purge) and Lou Beatty Jr. (find normal). Mackie also serves as executive producer.
“Bent metal delivers high caliber blockbuster summer movie energy episode after episode,” said Doug Craig, senior vice president of content strategy and acquisitions at Paramount+. “From top to bottom, this series is a wild ride, packed with talent and story, and showcasing the premium content that Paramount+ viewers have come to expect from the service.”
Bent metal is produced by SPT, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television and distributed worldwide by SPT.