‘Twister’ Reboot Planned with Joseph Kosinski as Director
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“Twister,” the popular 1990s movie about tornadoes, is getting a reboot with director Joseph Kosinski at the helm. Universal Pictures is in talks to bring in Kosinski after he did the film “Top Gun: Maverick,” which has yet to screen in theaters.
According to Variety, Frank Marshall has been tapped to produce the “Twister” reboot while Universal is looking for the right writer to pen the screenplay. Details are still scarce on whether the original actors are returning to do the reboot.
“Twister” was in theaters in 1996 and become the second-highest-grossing film of that year. It received an Oscar nomination for best sound and best visual effects.
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Plot details to the “Twister” reboot are vague on this latest version, but the original film starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, who play storm chasers and a couple on the brink of divorce. They team up to chase tornadoes in order to deliver their advance weather alert system that has to be placed in the path of the Twister.
The film was not only a massive hit, bringing $494 million at the worldwide box office, but it also was applauded for its ground-breaking special effects. “Speed” director Jan De Boot helmed, Steven Spielberg exec produced and, in a rare occurrence, author Michael Crichton penned the script.
Senior VP of production Sara Scott will oversee for Universal.
Kosinski is no stranger to taking on big-budget projects, starting with his breakthrough directing debut on “Tron: Legacy.” The film scored at the box office, and led to Kosinski getting the Universal directing job “Oblivion,” which also resulted in his strong ties to Tom Cruise, who starred in the movie.
Cruise would eventually tap Kosinski to direct the long-awaited “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” The film stars Cruise, Miles Teller and Glen Powell and bows this December.