Bill Paxton Wants a Twister Sequel, Has Met With the Studio!
It's a dream come true! Out of nowhere (just like a tornado!), Premium Hollywood (via AICN) ran some extensive quotes from an interview with Bill Paxton where he talks at length about a sequel to Twister. Despite being ridiculously cheesy, Twister is one of all-time favorite guilty pleasures, I loved everything about, including Bill Paxton. And I'm secretly a tornado nut (despite having never been in one). Anyway, Paxton says that his inspiration for a sequel came as a result of a trip that he took to the Ozark Mountains last spring to track the infamous Tri-State Tornado of 1925 with a friend. You know what, I'm all for this!
Paxton says that he's "had a meeting at the studio with Kathleen Kennedy about it." I'm not exactly sure what studio he's talking about, but it's probably DreamWorks (since that's where Kathleen Kennedy works), not Warner Bros (who made the original and put out the Blu-Ray last year). Anyway, he goes on to say that Tri-State Tornado gave him 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." But they need Steven Spielberg's blessing and he doesn't think they'll get that "til there's real studio interest."
Of course, Paxton also talks about 3D, because that's now the big thing in Hollywood, and how it "could obviously be pretty amazing" to see a Twister sequel in 3D. He also explains, depressingly, that "the only reason I'd like to revisit that ground is because I realize we're living in a time where big movies cost so much to make that the town is looking for built-in audiences." So he doesn't think it would be a good idea to do creatively, but thinks it's a good idea because it would make him and the studio boatloads of money? Now that's how a true genius like Bill Paxton thinks! Why isn't this guy running a movie studio in Hollywood?
As for where or what the Twister sequel could be about, Paxton actually has some good ideas. "I thought a sequel could explore it in a more enthralling way, getting into more of the history and the lore, more of a darker version of the first one." He's talking about the history and the lore of tornadoes, which I'm all for.
"I think you'd still want to have a lot of the dark humor and all of that, with the flying cows and everything," he said, with a laugh. "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. When I researched the first film when I was getting ready to do it, I just found so much stuff. Ultimately, I was happy with Twister, but I also had thought that it could've gotten a little deeper into it."
Considering that the Discovery Channel has turned tornado chasing into a full-on annual TV series, I think it's safe to say that people still are in love with mother nature and would definitely enjoy seeing more about the history and lore of tornadoes. Hell, let me be the first to admit that I'm a tornado nut and have always loved seeing them in movies (even in A Serious Man, wink wink). This may be a crazy idea, but I love it. And his idea about making it darker is perfect - that's exactly what I wanted to see in Twister (although it didn't get too dark). And as long as they get Philip Seymour Hoffman back, I'm already sold. Bring on Twister 2!