The Twister sequel is moving forward with a director currently in talks to helm the film for Universal and Amblin. Per Deadline, Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) is on deck to direct the sequel, which will be written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Frank Marshall (Jurassic World Dominion) is producing the feature under his Kennedy/Marshall banner, while original studio Twister Warner Bros. Pictures will co-finance the project.
Chung is best known for writing and directing the 2020 film Minari starring Steven Yeun and Han Ye-ri. The film was considered by many to be one of the best films of the year, winning six major Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Chung. Minari was inspired by Chung’s real-life upbringing in rural America, and due to his background, he knows firsthand what it’s like to seek shelter in stormy basements under the threat of tornadoes. This is said to put Chung in favor of studio executives to lead Twisters.
With the focus on finding a director, no cast members have yet been officially attached to the project. When it was announced that Twisters had officially launched, it was reported that the goal was to get Helen Hunt to reprise her role as the original Twister. So far, there is no indication that Hunt has signed. No plot details have been revealed, though we can assume it will focus on dangerous tornadoes, opening the door for legacy characters with experience to offer advice or help.
“There’s no need to keep asking if I’m involved in the sequel,” actor Sean Whalen, who was in the original film, said of his possible inclusion on Twisters. “I wouldn’t know for months and if I was involved they probably wouldn’t let me tell you anyway. I guess they might choose a few quirky people and I might or might not be one of them. Obviously, I love being part of it, but it’s fine. I’m just happy to be part of the original Twister.
Twister finally gets a sequel
The original Twister was directed by Jan de Bont, who quit directing after working on the 2003 film Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, explaining why he’s not back to helm Twisters. Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin also wrote the screenplay for the first film. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton memorably led the cast, which also included Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Ruck, Todd Field, Jeremy Davies and Sean Whalen.
An official sequel has never been made until now, although the original movie was a huge hit. It grossed $495 million at the box office to become the second highest-grossing film of the year. It was also nominated for Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. The film was so popular that it also inspired a theme park attraction at Universal Studios Florida, although it closed in 2015.
Twisters does not yet have a release date.
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