Don’t shake your head as you read the title to this article. You KNEW that eventually this announcement was coming, so don’t act surprised. Back in 1996, a storm moved into theaters and Twister was its name. Sucking up close to $500 million in worldwide receipts, it was inevitable that a sequel would be made. The weird thing is, it’s taken 15 years for the talk to even begin circulating, and that is truly odd for Hollywood.
Bill Paxton (Frailty, Big Love) recently spoke with Premium Hollywood about his ideas and research for a second Twister film and, I have to say, the man really seems to do his research pretty well. In the first Twister movie, the story revolved around a group of scientists trying to deploy their technology inside of a tornado's vortex to help gather data on how the weather beasts are formed and ultimately develop a more advanced warning system to alert towns in their destructive paths.
Twister had a handy amount of destruction in it, but it also had a fairly decent amount of science; Paxton seems to want to focus on the destruction for Twister 2 and that’s where I think the film will ultimately flop. Paxton says he got the idea for a sequel from a recent trip he and former Twister co-star Scott Thompson took into the Ozark Mountains to follow the path of one of the worst tornadoes in history, the 1925 Tri-state Tornado. You can read the full rundown of events surrounding that tornado HERE.
Paxton tells Premium Hollywood:
“So we just [took that trip] to kind of get some ideas, and from that I kind of extrapolated an idea for a sequel. And I kind of put that together into a format, and now we’re kind of waiting to see if that’s going to move forward. That would need Steven Spielberg’s blessing, ultimately, and they probably won’t take it to him ‘til there’s real studio interest, but I think the 3D applications of that could obviously be pretty amazing.”
Personally, I like the destruction aspect of films but honestly, it sounds like Paxton is pushing for more of a 2012 “disaster porn” approach with Twister 2 - but maybe I’m reading him wrong. Most, if not all, of the action sequences in Twister were completely unbelievable but utterly fun to watch. Who doesn’t remember the flying cow shooting past the truck window? That being said, I think audiences are now more educated to the actual science behind extreme weather, which will make telling an interesting story that much harder.
Discovery Channel has the hit reality show Storm Chasers, which has been on for 3 seasons and has managed to inform a large viewing audience as to how things actually happen behind-the-scenes while chasing storms. They even managed to get one of the more popular extreme storm chasers, Reed Timmer, on film as he sat in his vehicle while a tornado passed over him in the finale of season 3 (and no, he didn’t get out and strap himself to a pipe with a leather belt).
So what does Paxton think will happen with the story and humor in Twister 2?
“I think you’d still want to have a lot of the dark humor and all of that, with the flying cows and everything. I think you could kind of intrigue people more by getting into a little more of the lore and really understanding. I just think there’s a lot more to explore there.”
We’ll see Bill. I have my doubts that Twister 2 will be anything but a 3D ridden, over-the-top SFX visual bonanza with a spattering of mildly humorous dialog tossed in...but I could be wrong.
What do you think about a Twister sequel in 3D?
No dates for Twister 2 have been set.