Bill Paxton wants ‘Twister’ 2

Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in TwisterI have a real appreciation for natural disaster flicks. Volcano, Dante’s Peak, 2012, I love them all and it doesn’t matter how absurd they may be.  One personal favorite is Twister. This film came with a whole bunch of destruction with a baked in love story between Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt.  Because nothing says I love you better then sharing the moment of running scared from a category five tornado.

Even with the success of his show Big Love, Paxton wants another Twister film.  Some may scoff at the idea but I’d love to see a sequel. Paxton said the inspiration for the the film came to him while retracing the path of the 1925 Tri-State Tornado. This massive tornado left a path of destruction 219 miles wide and killed 700 people. Paxton said:

“There’s actually footage that I found in Murphysboro at their historical society. They had footage from a biplane that the government sent down, just to do aerial footage of all of the destruction and the damage. So we just did that to kind of get some 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.”

One thing to consider about doing a film like this is how it would be accepted by audiences. Until 2012, the disaster film genre kind of disappeared (Cloverfield doesn’t count, it was a monster after all). In that time the real world has suffered some major disasters of its own (e.g. Hurricane Katrina). This is not to say we didn’t have major disasters when Twister was originally released, but I feel there’s a higher social awareness surrounding the tragedy of the events rather than the sensational nature of them.

Twister 2 (or any film in this type of genre) would have to strike a delicate balance between the spectacle of the disaster with the tragedy of human loss. That could be easier said then done.  I should also note that 2012 gets a pass on this one.  The fantastic nature of that world-destroying event was so far removed from real life it’s a little easier to focus just on the destruction instead of the victims.

Fortunately, it sounds like Paxton recognizes this distinction, “I always thought the first ‘Twister’ was an exciting ride, but 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.”

Alright, all my nay-saying aside I’d still be on board for Twister 2 and think it could redefine (and re-introduce) disaster films.  By “redefine” I’m speaking of course about 3-D, and Paxton is right there with me, “I think the 3-D applications of that could obviously be pretty amazing.” If you’ve seen Avatar (and who hasn’t by now) you can quickly imagine how awesome a twister would be in 3-D.

The only question now is what to call it.  Seeing as how Paxton was in Aliens (which came after Alien) my vote would naturally be for Twisters. That would be a double-feature I’d be all over.

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  • Andrew
    November 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    It will have to have Helen Hunt in it too of course !

  • mybandslang
    August 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I am curious as to what it will be about. Yahoo Answers has posted that it is about a legendary Tornado.

  • Gitty22
    July 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome!!! Can' wait to see this one!!

  • Gerrit Jr
    May 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I’m curious what can they improve on? They got all the data for an early warning system 🙂

    Maybe a mega F-6 Twister?? Either way COUNT ME IN! I LOVED Twister!!!

    Oh btw, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon played to Twister works PERFECTLY… Better than OZ!!!

    Try it, you will be SHOCKED…

  • minquadale fire company
    May 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    we would love to see twister2 with bill paxton and helen hunt.so please make twister 2

  • Danny Stanley
    April 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Omg Bill Paxton in another Twister!!!! I am dying inside Twister was like a cult classic for disaster movies! I think it should have all the original cast. Come on who wouldn’t wanna see Dusty again? He’s hilarious (Its the suck zone!) I have been to Orlando Florida twice to Universal to go on Twister and been on it way more than just 2 times. PLEASE MAKE A TWISTER 2!!!!! I’ve been dying to find out how Dorthy is doing to make weather reading easier if it has at all. P.S. Anyone who says Twister was just ok or cool obviously didn’t know what the actors had to go through. Real ice in the face not cgi they went all out that’s what makes the movie incredible!

  • SOJC
    March 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    The only two things I aks of a disaster or horror film are don’t kill children and end with a victory. So, I really wouldn;t want to see any kids dies (it also would cause controversy since it happened in Iowa). But, I would like it if they had a kid. Here’s an idea:

    The NWS can now immediately predict tornadoes and nonobdy has died in tornadoes because they can evacuated people before a tornado. Then the system gets screwed up and the story can go form there. Of course, the system being worthless could be good too. I also think they should kill of a major character. Maybe Preacher. Maybe they could also have it that Meg has passed away in the time gap. Any way, I’ll be waiting everyday for the sequel.

  • ajohnstone
    February 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Me to,I hope Twister 2 is awesome too.And I watched twister and it was cool.

  • Jeffrey Allen
    January 26, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Here is my idea. The film starts 10 years after the first one with one problem. The data that they thought was promising in the first one proves to be worthless at best. This would make sense with what is going on in the real world since we still don’t have any machine that works the way it did in the film so it will feel more real this way. They nine year old son, Greyson is saved but two of his friends are killed in a Boy;s Scout camp that a Twister hit that had no Shelter. Here is the catch, it was Joe’s idea to sent the kids on the camping trip from Greyson’s birthday. She had talked the parents into allowing their kids to go with Greyson. Now it is up to Joe to touch reality with the Parents of these boys knowing they would be alive and well if it wan’t for her idea. She makes a promise to create more safety measures for kids in the paths of Twisters!

  • dan
    January 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I really hope this happens Twister 2 would be so awesome

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