Is the disaster movie genre about to experience a major comeback? Given the current circumstances, you might think that most people would want to stay as far away from disaster movies and stories that are apocalyptic in nature. But then again, Contagion jumped to the top of the digital rental charts right when COVID-19 first hit so perhaps there is some comfort is seeing how fictional characters grapple with a world turned upside down. Gerard Butler seems to be partially leading the way with Geostorm and the upcoming Greenland, but Dwayne Johnson also gave us San Andreas and Skyscraper and there have been some recent genre mash-ups like The Hurricane Heist and Crawl (not to mention overseas hits like The Wave and The Wandering Earth). Now it looks like we might be getting a new version of one of the movies that kicked off the late ’90s disaster movie boom: Twister. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski is in negotiations to helm a Twister reboot for Universal Pictures. Although he is best known for his sci-fi films like Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, he also directed a well-received disaster movie with the 2017 film Only the Brave, about the elite firefighter crew battling wildfires in Arizona. Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark) will produce and the studio is currently meeting with potential writers.
The original Twister starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt and it made $494 million worldwide. There was talk of a 3D sequel back in 2010 during the post-Avatar 3D craze, but unfortunately Paxton has since passed away. Which brings us to the obvious question here: does this really need to be a reboot? Aside from using the name Twister, there is little need to tie it to the previous film and it seems unlikely that any other cast members would return. Are you interested in seeing a brand new take on Twister?