Twister 2 has a director, Twisters being fast-tracked into production

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The director of the critically-adored Minari is in line to helm a big-budget sequel to the 1996 tornado disaster movie Twister.

We’ve known for a couple of months that a  big-budget sequel to 1996’s Twister is on the way, with Amblin and Universal combining to search for a director who can get the production up and running for a reported spring shoot. Yikes.

What’s more, it’s going by the name of, yep, Twisters. Yikes again.

Some big names were reported to be circling this one, with effects-heavy-experienced filmmakers like Prey’s Dan Trachtenberg and Bumblebee's Travis Knight said to be originally in the mix. However, reports are now suggesting that Minari's Lee Isaac Chung is in talks to helm the project.

Whilst you might imagine that the film’s producers might want somebody with special effects experience, Chung’s skill with drama and his background of growing up in the mid-west of America where tornadoes are a very real danger has edged him into pole position for the job.

Frank Marshall is producing the film, which originally had Top Gun: Maverick director, Joseph Kosinski attached before he departed to make a Brad Pitt-headlined Formula One movie for Apple. The script has been penned by The Revenant‘s Mark L Smith and was fast-tracked into production after none other than Steven Spielberg was wowed by the screenplay.

The original grossed a whopping $464m, and that was in 1996 money, so you can see exactly what studio executives might be thinking here. Still, with Chung not yet signing on the dotted line, that spring production date seems like quite the target given the complexities of such a shoot. More on this one – including casting news – as we hear it.


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