Helen Hunt wants to do ‘Twister’ sequel with Black Storm Chasers
- Hunt wants to direct a sequel to “Twister” with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal from co-writing “Blindspotting”.
- She said it would have been set up at a historically black college and university.
- “I tried to get it done… they wouldn’t do it,” Hunt said of the studio’s reaction to “WWHL”.
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As it turns out, for the past year or so, Helen Hunt has been busy trying to get off a “Twister” sequel that she wants to direct. But no one will succeed, she said.
Hunt revealed it to Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” Thursday (via Yahoo).
And she had an impressive team behind her: the writers and stars behind the famous “Blindspotting” of 2018, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.
“I tried to get it done,” Hunt told Cohen. “With Daveed, Rafael and I writing it, and all the black and brown storm chasers, and they wouldn’t. I was going to realize it.”
The Oscar-winning actress starred in the 1996 hit alongside the late Bill Paxton as two storm chasers on the verge of divorce.
“We could barely have a reunion,” Hunt told Cohen of a sequel, which fans have wanted for decades.
“And that’s June 2020, when it came to diversity. And that would have been so cool,” she continued. “There was a HBCU [historically Black college and university] where we wanted it to be, and a rocket science club, and in this one they fire the rockets into the tornado. It was going to be so cool. “
For 1996’s “Twister”, Warner Bros. and Universal both financially supported the film, with WB taking the national release and the latter giving the international, so it’s unclear who Hunt actually pitched his idea to.
Insider contacted Warner Bros. and Universal to comment on Hunt’s claims, but did not immediately get a response from them.
However, last June, Variety announced that Universal was developing a reboot of “Twister” with “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski attached to directing.
“Twister,” directed by Jon de Bont, earned more than $ 494 million at the global box office (on a budget of $ 92 million) thanks to its dazzling CGI effects of its stars going through violent tornadoes.
Starring Hunt and Paxton, the film also starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes, Alan Ruck, Jamie Gertz and Anthony Rapp.
Hunt stars in the television adaptation of “Blindspotting” (airing on Starz from June 13), which is written and produced by Diggs and Casal.