Frank Marshall will be producing the reboot but plot details and storyline are still vague
The 1996 action, adventure, and thriller film Twister was a huge hit back in the day. It seems like the right time now for Universal Pictures to consider making a reboot of the blockbuster film. What's more, the reboot has already narrowed down on a director to spearhead the project. Universal is in talks with Joseph Kosinski, who directed the much-awaited 2020 sequel Top Gun: Maverick, for the gig.
Variety also reported that Frank Marshall will be producing the reboot. Marshall is best known for producing huge Hollywood blockbusters like Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Back To The Future series, Signs, and many other films of the like. The studio is currently in the process of meeting with writers to pen the script. Twister was directed by Dutch cinematographer Jan de Bont, who also directed the much-acclaimed 1994 film Speed. It was produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and was a huge box office hit at the time, so much so that it outgrossed Mission: Impossible by about $140 million and became the second-highest-grossing film of 1996, following Independence Day, as reported by Indie Wire.
The film had grossed over $500 million as an original standalone film, unheard of at the time. The film was originally written by well-known novelist Michael Crichton and received rave reviews. It was applauded for its ground-breaking special effects as well. As for the plot details and storyline of the reboot, they are still vague now. The 1996 Twister stars Helen Hunt as a meteorologist and storm chasing Dr. Jo Harding and Bill Paxton as her husband and a former weather researcher and fellow storm chaser, Bill Harding. The storm chasing couple is on the brink of a divorce but are forced to come together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the path of violent tornadoes.
Considering how well the film did at the time, Amblin wanted to make a sequel to the film in 2001. Screenwriter Graham Yost and Crichton had spoken at length on the phone, but never actually met. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Yost said, "The idea was there would be a swarm of tornadoes that would hit Chicago so we were kicking that around, but then there was 9/11, and I said, I don’t think anybody wants to see buildings falling down."
Actor Bill Paxton has since passed away, but the film Twister really kicked off his career. "I was able to get $5 million backing for Traveller," he explained at a round-table interview in 1997. "I knew critically they (critics) were going to paint a bulls-eye on me when Twister came out. And I thought the best thing I can do right now for myself and my friends was to go and make this movie," he said at the time.
When fans heard of the classic '90s Twister reboot in the making, they were not happy. Here's what some of them had to say:
No! Absolutely not. Stop it right now! Twister is a great movie and is iconic. Leave it alone.— Lisa Neufeld (@Ezriela) June 24, 2020
How about Hollywood film makers read some damn books and turn those into movies and stop remaking everything!!— Vic Grey (@DarkLordsQueen) June 25, 2020
Hell to the no. This is one of my favorite movie and just no... Nope...— Adoring KStewart Fan (@AdoringKS) June 24, 2020
No, no thank you. The original was perfect. Do not screw with it!!!— Watson (@watsonlibrarian) June 24, 2020