A storm is coming … The iconic disaster movie Twister is receiving reboot treatment, with Top Gun: Maverick and Tron: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski currently in negotiations to direct.
Variety reports that Universal hopes to bring back the 1996 box office success with Frank Marshall, one of the founders of Amblin Entertainment alongside Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, as producer.
The details of the plot remain unknown. The original Twister followed two married storm chasers on the brink of divorce, played by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, who team up to try to stop a tornado ravaging the United States. It then became the second highest grossing film of 1996 and was nominated for two Oscars: Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. Jan De Boot served as director, while Spielberg acted as producer and science fiction writer Michael Crichton wrote the script.
Director Kosinski has some experience with reboots / sequels. Top Gun: Maverick, which hits theaters this December, will act as a sequel to the 1986 Top Gun, with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Maverick. Meanwhile, Tron: Legacy acts as a sequel to the 1982 film Tron. However, it is not yet known whether we can expect Twister to recover after the events of the first movie.
Kosinski’s other work has included the films Oblivion and Only the Brave, as well as the trailer for “Mad World” for Gears of War and the commercial “Starry Night” for Halo 3. To see more disaster movies, check out our list of the best and the worst of the genre.