Reboots are a dime a dozen right now in Hollywood as studios look to cash in on the nostalgia boom sweeping the industry both in movies and television. Of course, remakes and reboots have been popular for years. I’m, personally, on the fence about reboots. If the reboot in question is more of a sequel than a total reimagining, like The Connors on ABC, then I’m okay with that. I’m always down for more time with my favorite characters.
Remakes, however, are a different story. Remakes are rarely as good as their predecessors. They often lack the charm or sophistication of the originals. Or they try to complicate a beloved story. There are many reasons I don’t like remakes. There are too many to list, honestly.
One remake or “reboot” I think I might be okay with is the upcoming reboot of the classic disaster flick Twister. I rewatched the film the other day now that it’s on Netflix. It doesn’t hold up like it does when you’re a kid. The science is iffy at best and much of the scenes lack believability, but we don’t watch disaster flicks for believability, do we? The original Twister was written by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. It was directed by Jan De Bont.
Variety reports that Frank Marshall, husband of original producer Kathleen Kennedy, will produce the film and Universal are already scouting for writers. According to Variety the film would be more of a reboot than a direct sequel.
Joseph Kosinski is being scouted for director. His newest film Top Gun: Maverick has been pushed back because of the pandemic, but there’s no doubt he has the directing creds for a disaster flick of this magnitude. He has the knack for making things atmospheric and moody. Both of his films Oblivion and Tron: Legacy made you feel like you were in the film with the characters. For a film like Twister, that’s one of the most important elements.
One of the other most important elements are the characters and the chemistry. Twister tells the story of separated meteorologists Bill and Jo Harding (the late Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt). They’re in the middle of a messy divorce but Jo and her storm chasing team entice him to come for one final chase in an effort to get an instrument pack up in a tornado to create an advanced warning system. Cary Elwes played rival stormchaser Jonas and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman played nutty chaser Dustin. In order for this film to work, the cast must be filled with character actors with phenomenal chemistry. Also, Helen Hunt has to make a cameo appearance as Jo Harding.
Jo Harding showed a generation of girls that a STEM career was in their grasp. She also was a strong female character that many in my generation grew up emulating at every turn. She took matters into her own hands and was multifaceted with flaws and character growth a plenty. It would be kind of nice to see where Jo ended up after the events of the film, even if the new film won’t be a direct sequel.
There aren’t many story details available at this time, but what we do know is that the film is in good hands. Here’s to hoping a new film will inspire a generation of girls to follow their scientific dreams. That is, if Universal does it right.