Top gun: Maverick Breakout star Glen Powell joins Daisy Edgar-Jones in Universal and Amblim’s Twister movie.
Minari director Lee Isaac Chung will direct from a script by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).
Frank Marshall produces through his Kennedy/Marshall Company banner. Marshall’s wife, the current president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, was a lead producer on the original.
Twister starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as romantically estranged storm chasers battling rival storm chasers, a host of tornadoes, and their feelings for each other. Jan de Bont directed the original, which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide and featured a deafening, floor-shaking THX sound design. Steven Spielberg was an executive producer and author Michael Crichton wrote the screenplay.
The new story is not a sequel, nor is it expected to bring back old characters. The studio describes it as a “new chapter” in the story. Edgar-Jones will star in the project as a former storm chaser who, after surviving a disastrous tornado encounter, now has a desk job. However, she will soon be forced to – you guessed it – go into the breach again.
Executive vp production Sara Scott and creative executive Jacqueline Garell will oversee the film for Universal Pictures. Ashley Jay Sandberg will oversee for Kennedy/Marshall. The film is co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Powell, represented by CAA and Johnson Shapiro, has been a popular studio product ever since Independent thinking personrapid rise. He stars opposite Sydney Sweeney in a Sony rom-com and co-writes and stars in the Richard Linklater-directed action comedy assassin.