This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Anthony Mackie in the lead of the Twisted Metal series, a Flight of the Navigator remake for Disney+, and Tracy Morgan joining Schwarzenegger and DeVito for Triplets.

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Anthony Mackie cast as the lead in Sony’s Twisted Metal TV series

A Twisted Metal television show is officially in development and Anthony Mackie will serve in the lead role as well as executive produce the series.

Twisted Metal is a high-octane action comedy based on an original take by Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick about 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.

Mackie will play John Doe, a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true, but only if he can survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat.

Disney is remaking Flight of the Navigator

Disney Studios is developing a reimagining of its 1986 sci-fi film Flight of the Navigator with a female lead. The project has Bryce Dallas Howard attached to direct and produce for Disney+.

The original children’s sci-fi adventure starred Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, and Sarah Jessica Parker, and told the story of a 12-year-old boy who gets abducted by an intelligent UFO named Max. Eight years later, he is returned to Earth at the same exact age with no memory of what happened. When NASA officials spot a connection between the boy and a recovered UFO and try to capture him, the kid attempts to unravel the intergalactic mystery while trying to reunite with his family.

Disney tried reimagining the title in 2009, but lost the rights to Lionsgate in the 2010’s. Lionsgate was unable to develop the property, which is now back at Disney.

Twins sequel Triplets add Tracy Morgan to star with Schwarzenegger and DeVito

Director Ivan Reitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Danny DeVito are officially working on a sequel to the classic comedy Twins.

The sequel, titled Triplets, will reportedly enlist Tracy Morgan to play the third long lost sibling of both Schwarzenegger and DeVito. Rumored to be in development for the last several years, the film was initially supposed to star Eddie Murphy, but Reitman mentioned that following his recent success with Coming 2 America, he was too busy to join the film.

Reitman also shared the premise, saying that secretly, there was a third baby born, a black baby, who hasn’t been in touch with his siblings. They don’t know each other and very early in the movie they meet and it’s how they achieve a bond together after all these years. It’s really a film about family and, no matter how different we all are, we have to learn to get along.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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