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A Twister remake is in the works from Top Gun: Maverick director

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Tornadoes are some of the most destructive meteorological conditions known to man thanks to their unpredictability. It takes some truly special people to want to chase a massive tornado in the hopes to figure out how they work. Which is perhaps why movies and documentaries about these so-called “tornado chasers” can be so enthralling. And back in 1996, Warner Bros tapped into that thrill with Twister, a movie about just such a group of crazy scientists trying to intercept an F5-level tornado to conduct meteorological research.

Directed by Jan de Bont (Speed, Troy), it was a film that featured some excellent visual effects to pull off its epic tornado sequences. It also had some great performances from its cast which included Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton, alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. And altogether, audiences loved it as Twister ended up becoming the second highest-grossing movie ever for Warner Bros at the time.

It appears Universal studios may be wanting to hunt down some of that same magic and success as Variety is reporting that the studio is looking to do a remake of that film, with Top Gun: Maverick’s Joseph Kosinski set to direct. Producer Frank Marshall (whose wife, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, actually produced the original film) is said to be working on a script, with no details on a possible plot or cast as yet. Whereas that first Twister broke new ground with its portrayal of tornados, several movies since have featured tornado chasing scientists (or bank heists) and so the studio certainly has its work cut out for them in trying to make this film comes across as original.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the film is getting a remake almost 25 years after it was first released and given the advancements in visual effects, they could certainly do a far better job in bringing the ferocious tornados to life. Hopefully, the script can capture the same sort of character drama as well that made the first film such an enthralling affair.

Last Updated: June 25, 2020


  1. DragonSpirit009

    June 25, 2020 at 13:22

    I don’t like the word remake in movies anymore.
    I mean is it a remake remake or is it a remake with a different story or a remake follow up?
    Can’t they just make new stuff?


    • Hammersteyn

      June 25, 2020 at 13:37

      No, that requires people with talent.


      • konfab

        June 25, 2020 at 13:37

        So why is so much money shoved into higher education of people with “art” degrees if they cannot come up with anything new?


        • Hammersteyn

          June 25, 2020 at 13:37

          Hollywood needs more talented writers.


          • Kervyn Cloete

            June 25, 2020 at 15:04

            There are plenty of talented writers. The Black List proves this year after year. Unfortunately, those writers are not the ones who hold the purse strings. The shot callers at the top are all about return on investment.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 25, 2020 at 13:59

          Because the people who studied finance run the business, it’s cheaper to use an existing IP, and they think because they run an artistic business that they’re artists too. Unfortunately creative accounting means something different.


  2. GooseZA

    June 25, 2020 at 14:38

    But why? The original is still perfectly watchable.


  3. BradeLunner

    June 25, 2020 at 15:23

    The Honest trailer of this couldn’t even find a decent insult on this movie, it’s just 90s gold


  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 25, 2020 at 13:37

    No sharks, no watch!


  5. Iskape

    June 25, 2020 at 13:37

    Who asked for a remake? It definitely wasn’t me!


  6. konfab

    June 25, 2020 at 13:58

    I think the really special thing that they managed to do right was to make each tornado look and sound completely different.



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