Universal has confirmed its plans to create a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster “Twister,” and it seems they’re looking at Glen Powell (“Top Gun: Maverick”) to star along with Daisy Edgar-Jones in the lead roles. With Lee Isaac Chung on board to direct, and a script by “The Revenant” writer Mark L. Smith, the stakes are high, and if executed correctly, this could be a massive hit.
The original movie follows a team of storm-chasers as they hunt down the most powerful tornado in decades. The sequel has been described as a “new chapter” in the story, but we don’t know much more than that at this point. The 1996 film directed by Jan De Bont, with Steven Spielberg serving as Executive Producer and starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Carey Elwes, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, grossed nearly $500 million globally, and it received two Oscar nods for visual effects and sound.
Universal is set to release “Twisters” on July 19, 2024, and Warner Bros. Pictures is co-financing the project. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley of the Kennedy/Marshall Company are set to produce. Universal’s executive VP of production Sara Scott, Jacqueline Garell, and Ashley Jay Sandberg will oversee the film’s production.
Glen Powell has recently made a name for himself in the entertainment industry and is currently on a hot streak. After his standout role in “Top Gun: Maverick,” he has become a go-to actor in Hollywood. He is currently in the production of a new Will Gluck rom-com scheduled for Sony’s release, and he has signed on for several future projects, including Richard Linklater’s action-comedy “Hitman,” Chris Morgan’s sci-fi thriller “Deputy X,” and the upcoming buddy comedy “Foreign Relations” alongside Nick Jonas.
Overall, we’re excited about the potential of “Twisters” and are keen to see how the story develops in the modern age of cinema. At the same time, we’re excited to see actors like Glen Powell get more opportunities to showcase his talent on the big screen.
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