New ‘Twister’ Movie On the Way, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Director in Talks

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We don’t really get enough tornado movies – at least ones sans sharks.

A Twister reboot is now in development at Universal Pictures. The studio is looking to tackle a new film focusing on giant tornadoes, and they may have their director at the ready.

Variety broke the news, reporting that the studio is currently in talks with director Joseph Kosinski, whose credits include TRON: Legacy, Oblivion, Only the Brave and upcoming Tom Cruise sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

No plot details for the new Twister are known as yet, with a search now on for the film’s screenwriter. Big-time producer Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense) is on board to produce.

The 1996 original was directed by Speed helmer Jan De Bont and written by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. Starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as a bickering storm-chasing couple with an impending divorce, the film was a hit, earning $US494 million worldwide and receiving wide acclaim for its special effects – one of its two Oscar nominations, with Best Sound being the other.

After having its release delayed due to the pandemic, Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick will now open in the U.S. on December 23.


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