Twister, the 1996 cult favorite disaster film, has a lot to adore: Oscar-nominated visual effects, flying cows, and an epic proclamation of love in the middle of a storm. Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton play Jo and Bill, storm chasers who collaborated to create a contraption (named Dorothy) that would revolutionize tornado study. However, Bill abandons both the marriage and the design process, leaving Jo to work on Dorothy on her own. They end up chasing a large storm and reconciling in the middle of asking Jo to sign their divorce papers.
Fans of the Jan de Bont-directed classic will be pleased to learn that a sequel named Twisters has been greenlit by Universal and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment 28 years later. Twisters will be launched on July 19, 2024, according to Variety. The film will be directed by Oscar-nominated Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, with a script written by The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith. Frank Marshall, whose Kennedy/Marshall Company created some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters such as Indiana Jones and Jurassic World, will produce the sequel.
While there is no word on the sequel’s final narrative or actors, Deadline claimed in October that Spielberg “flipped for the script” when he read it, which fueled the film’s rapid development. According to the site, the “hope” is for Hunt to reprise her part as Jo while also introducing a new character, Jo and Bill’s storm-chasing kid. As of yet, no definitive or connected actors have been identified for the project. Furthermore, given the title, the sequel is expected to be riddled with even more of the natural disasters that afflicted the previous film.
Original fans have already voiced their enthusiasm on Twitter. “It was unexpected news that made my day!” Twister will finally get a sequel. “One of my favorite nature action movies from the 1990s!” said one user.
Unexpected news that has made my day! Twister 🌪️ is finally getting a sequel. One of my fav 90’s nature action movies! Twisters 🌪️🌪️ is going to be directed by Lee Isaac Chung, best known for Minari. Genuinely excited 😆
— Aurora Fearnley (@aurorafearnley) December 21, 2022
‘Twister’ Sequel Sets Summer 2024 Release Date https://t.co/UVZL9VslO9
— Variety (@Variety) December 20, 2022
He’ll yeah finally making a sequel Twister 👍👏👏⚡❤️💯🙌 pic.twitter.com/s7kXZoOeV3
— Jimmy Ramos (@jimmylegends34) December 22, 2022
One user has already dressed up as the flying cow. (Look for Dorothy in the background.)
Twister is coming out with a sequel and let me just say that I have the part of Cow In Tornado down. I was born to be in this sequel. pic.twitter.com/vSqI7EeCoY
— reykt (@minnypolarbeer) December 22, 2022