A new take on the 1996 hit ‘Twister,’ the movie is in theaters July 19
In the first trailer, which debuted during the 2024 Super Bowl, the costars are among those fleeing the same terrifying tornadoes that made 1996’s Helen Hunt-starring Twister a critical and box office hit.
Twisters is written by Mark. L Smith (The Revenant) and directed by Lee Isaac Chung (the Oscar-nominated writer-director of Minari). Among its producers is Frank Marshall, who along with Steven Spielberg co-founded Amblin Entertainment, producer of the 1996 film.
In 2022, it was announced that a Twister film was in the works that would follow the events of director Jan De Bont and writers Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin's 1996 hit — in which Hunt and the late Bill Paxton played a pair of storm-chasing scientists trying to collect data on a series of tornadoes.
The development of Twisters followed an alleged pitching of a related movie from Hunt, which she said in a 2021 Watch What Happens Live interview that studio executives dismissed. “I tried to get it made,” she said, with her Blindspotting collaborators Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.
Hunt’s idea to write and direct a movie featuring “all Black and brown storm-chasers,” Diggs revealed last April, didn’t come to fruition, “and the reasons that it didn't happen are potentially shady … in the way that we know the industry is shady.”
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Soon after wrapping filming on Twisters in December, Powell, 35, clarified that the movie is “not a reboot” of the 1996 film.
“We’re not trying to recreate the story from the first one. It’s a completely original story,” the Top Gun: Maverick star said in an interview with Vogue. “There are no characters from the original movie back, so it’s not really a continuation. … It’s just its own standalone story in the modern day.”
He added, “Humans-versus-weather is a very universal idea, how powerless we really are in the face of these cataclysmic forces.”
Twisters is in theaters July 19.
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