Here's a question for your weekly Zoom pub quiz: which movie was afforded the BBFC guidance, 'contains intense depictions of bad weather?' No prizes for guessing it was 1996 blockbuster Twister, which gusted into cinemas and stormed off with grosses of $400 million worldwide. And word on the street is we're getting a remake.
The original film starred Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton, and while their central romance was a load of hot air, the visual effects blew us all away. Back in the mid-90s, CGI was still in its early stages, and no-one had seen the technology applied to relatively realistic depictions of weather before. The film was directed by Speed's Jan De Bont (who would later torch his career with the 1999 remake of The Haunting) and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, both of whom worked from an idea devised by late author Michael Crichton.
Deadline reports that Tron: Legacy and Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski (who will bring us Top Gun: Maverick this December) will steer the remake. Back to the Future and Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall will oversee the project, although there's no word as to who will replace Hunt and Paxton. How will the new movie spin the idea in new directions? And how many more terrible wind puns can we fit into one news article?
Let us know @RegalMovies if you're amenable to the idea of a Twister remake.