(WTVO) — Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are reportedly preparing to begin production on a “big” sequel to the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster, “Twister.”
According to Deadline, the script for the sequel, titled “Twisters,” was written by Mark L. Smith, who wrote “The Revenant.” The film will be co-financed by Universal and Warner Bros., who distributed the original.
Deadline reports that “Free Solo” directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vaserheli and Travis Knight, director of the animated “Kubo and the Two Strings,” are being considered for the job.
Jan De Bont directed the original, which starred Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton as storm chasers chasing a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.
Deadline also reported that the studio intends to lure Hunt back for the sequel. However, no casting information has been released, ET reports.
Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman also starred in the original, which grossed $494 million worldwide and was written by Michael Crichton.
Some fans took to Twitter express their dissatisfaction for a sequel that can’t include Paxton and Hoffman, with one even writing it “should not be made.”