No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amblin/Universal/Warners/REX/Shutterstock (5882659g) Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton Twister – 1996 Director: Jan De Bont Amblin/Universal/Warners USA Scene Still
Are you ready for a Twister reboot?
To me, Twister was lightning in a bottle. It managed to bring in wonderful talents like Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes — among many others — and throw them into a barrel of fun. Seriously, the script was an atrocity of accuracy, but the actors and director Jan De Boot got us invested enough in the characters not to give a damn. It’s a peak example of what ‘90s disaster film movies were and sort of a time capsule of the era. It’s looked back on with fondness, but is this something that could be captured once again?
Welp, it doesn’t matter, because it sounds like it’s happening whether I like it or not. According to Variety, Universal is looking to reboot Twister, and they’ve found Top Gun: Maverick helmer Joseph Kosinski to take on the job. And Kosinski is no stranger to trying to recapture nostalgia. A decade back, he attempted to do so with Tron: Legacy, which ultimately fell short. But with more films under his belt, could he succeed with Twister?
That…is a great question. As of this writing, there are no details about what this Twister reboot would be about, but if it’s a modern-day tell, you can bet there will be some real differences in the technology. In the original film, the objective is to get their capsule full of little trackers inside the twisters so they can learn more about them. Needless to say, that will need a bit of an update. But how can they keep it from turning into too much of a technobabble version of a film? Something that was great about the original was the blue-collar feel of the chasers. Would that be lost if they use some crazy Iron Man tech in the process?
And, of course, the biggest question here for me is who they’ll get to star in the movie. Paxton and Hunt were fantastic leads for this movie, so it will take some work to get leads nearly as great for this reboot. Also, yes, I fully understand and acknowledge that I’m looking at the original film with some mad nostalgia goggles, but it’s hard not to at least think about it when going into any remake. That being said, when the time comes, I’ll definitely be interested in checking this film out. We don’t have enough dumb fun disaster movies without world-ending stakes, so this’ll be a breath of fresh air.
Are you excited to see what Universal comes up with for the Twister reboot? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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