Bill Paxton is hoping to revisit 1996’s Twister. Laugh if you must, but it was the second highest-grossing film of that year. The Big Love star tells Bullz-Eye he took a trip last spring and tracked the trail of the most famous tornado to ever hit the U.S. — the Tri-State Tornado of 1925, which touched down in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana — for inspiration. “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…,” he explains. “I think you’d still want to have a lot of the dark humor and all of that, with the flying cows and everything. I think you could kind of intrigue people more by getting into a little more of the lore and really understanding. I just think there’s a lot more to explore there.”
Is a Twister sequel something you want to see? Paxton argues a 3-D tornado could “obviously be pretty amazing,” and I’ll grant him that. A twister is a legitimate reason to have things flying out at the audience…. Feeling like your standing in the eye of a tornado would be amazing…. Ditto airborne bovine in IMAX…. I’m in.
Are there any other ’90s films we should be thinking about sequel-izing in 3-D? I’d argue Twister is the best bet, unless Will Smith wants to revisit 1996’s top-grossing film, Independence Day. Turns out 2011 will mark the 15th anniversary of both films…
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