Twister 2 with diverse Storm Chasers cast rejected by studio, says Helen Hunt
Perhaps Tornado 2 just wasn’t meant to be, but now we have a feel for what the sequel undoes could have been like. In 1996, Helen Hunt starred alongside the late Bill Paxton in the first Tornado, a film produced by Steven Spielberg that follows a group of storm chasers facing a severe tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. A huge success, the film was the second highest grossing release of the year and remains one of the best-known epic disaster films of all time.
Despite the box office success when Tornado was released, an official sequel was never produced. In a recent interview with Mitch Cohen on Watch what is happening live, Hunt reveals it wasn’t for lack of trying. His idea was to continue the story with People of Color starring a new group of Storm Chasers, though Hunt will return to lead the potential sequel. As Hélène Chasse explains, however, that no one was prepared to accept this idea.
“I tried to do it. With Daveed [Diggs] and Rafaël [Casal] and me who wrote it, and all the black and brown storm chasers, and they wouldn’t. I was going to lead it … We could barely have a meeting, and it’s June 2020 when it was all about diversity. It would have been so cool. “
While Hunt’s character, Dr. Jo Harding, wouldn’t have been at the forefront of the story in the potential sequel, we still could have seen her return for a special appearance. Hunt said she could portray herself as an “elder, tired and haggard” version of Dr. Jo and even suggested that she was killed due to a tornado in the opening scene. Her Tornado co-star Bill Paxton passed away in 2017, sadly we wouldn’t be able to see Dr. Bill “The Extreme” Harding more.
The sequel may not have happened, but there has been talk of a full reboot of Twister. Last year, Universal Pictures was reported to be moving forward with a reboot with Joseph Kosinski during initial talks to become a director. Frank Marshall and Sarah Scott would also serve as producers on the film. No additional information has been provided, such as potential plot details, although it seems more likely than not that it would be a tornado outbreak observed by a team of storm chasers. There have been no major updates on the reported project since.
As for Helen Hunt, we’ll see her next in the upcoming comedy-drama. How it ends from the film crew of Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones. Also starring Lister-Jones, Cailee Spaeny, Whitney Cummings, Tawny Newsome, Olivia Wilde and Fred Armisen, the film will be released on July 20 in the United States. Hunt can also be seen on the new series Blind spot on Starz.
Time will tell if the reboot comes to fruition, even if Hunt’s idea for a sequel is dead in the water. Either way, you can revisit the first movie while watching the original. Tornado now on HBO Max. This news comes to us from Watch What Happens Live.