Original TWISTER Director Doesn’t Think Reboot Is a Good Idea
Universal Pictures is developing a reboot of Twister with Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) in negotiations to direct. And today, original director Jan De Bont admits he doesn’t think it’s such a great idea.
He tells Collider: “I read that like a month or two ago. I said, “Wow. Are they going to do the F5 now? I bet you that’s what it is.” You cannot do it by making it bigger. That as a movie hardly ever works. You have to come up as a … with people actually involved in it. You cannot just … It’s like I’ll work on the destruction scene. We’re going to get worse and whole cities are going to get destroyed. That’s exactly like falling in the trap of having the special effects completely take over.”
Frank Marshall will produce. Universal is currently meeting with writers.
Steven Spielberg exec produced the original film which was directed by Jan De Bont (Speed, The Haunting) and starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.
Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Westworld) penned the script which took place during the approach of the most powerful storm in decades, university professor Dr. Jo Harding (Hunt) and an underfunded team of students prepare the prototype for Dorothy, a ground-breaking tornado data-gathering device conceived by her estranged husband, Bill (Paxton). When Harding tells Bill that Dorothy is ready for testing — and that their privately funded rival Dr. Jonas Miller (Cary Elwes) has stolen the idea and built his own — Bill rejoins the team for one last mission.
Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of very bad weather, the film sports a 57% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: A high-concept blockbuster that emphasizes special effects over three-dimensional characters, Twister’s visceral thrills are often offset by the film’s generic plot.
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