Dan Trachtenberg won’t be in Twisters, the 25-years-later sequel that could recast Helen Hunt as Dr. Joanne “Jo” Harding.
The Prey and 10 Cloverfield Lane director are rumored to be meeting with Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which are co-financing Twister 2. Universal and Amblin are reportedly targeting spring 2023 for the sequel’s production start. Trachtenberg tweeted he’s avoiding the “Suck Zone.”
“Regards. “I’m not making TWISTER,” Trachtenberg tweeted, contradicting a supposed shortlist that featured Oscar-winning Free Solo team Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vaserhelyi, Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight, and “one or two others.” “Unnamed directors also involved. Jan De Bont followed Speed with the 1996 original.
Universal and Amblin are remaking Twister with Indiana Jones, Jason Bourne, and Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall. Joseph Kosinski, who directed TRON: Legacy and Top Gun: Maverick, was in talks to make the new movie but dropped out to direct Apple’s Formula One film starring Brad Pitt.
According to Deadline, Spielberg’s positive response to Mark L. Smith’s (The Revenant, Overlord) Twisters script placed the sequel on pace to go into production next year. Twisters is a drama about Jo (Hunt) and Dr. Bill “The Extreme” Harding’s (Bill Paxton) daughter, who “got the storm-chasing bug” The sequel may feature Hunt.
Twister was the second-highest-grossing picture of 1996, behind only Independence Day, and inspired a Universal Studios Florida ride. Paxton wanted to make a darker 3D sequel in 2010.
“I always thought the first Twister was an exciting ride, but I thought a sequel could explore it in a more enthralling way,” he said in a 2010 interview. “I suppose you’d still want dark humor and flying cows. More lore and understanding could intrigue people more. There’s more to explore, I guess.”