'Hopeful they make a great movie': Bill Paxton’s son James approves of ‘Twister’ sequel in the works
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A sequel to ‘Twister’ is finally happening as Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment jointly gear up to begin the production of the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster’s sequel on a ‘large’ scale. Sadly, it won’t feature the iconic 'Twister' star Bill Paxton, who passed away in 2017.
While several ‘Twister' fans aren't happy with the sequel moving forward without the legendary actor, Paxton’s own blood has given his seal of approval. Expressing his excitement for the movie, Bill’s son James Paxton told TMZ that the sequel "has his blessing" and he's "hopeful they make a great movie."
James also confirmed that he is open to feature in the flick if the producers wanted to pay proper homage to his father. James said the original ‘Twister’ is undoubtedly a masterpiece, and whomever comes on board will have a great responsibility on their shoulders.
Further, he revealed Bill was attempting to make a sequel to ‘Twister’ before he passed away in 2017. The idea he had was to introduce a new character as the daughter of his and Helen Hunt's characters, and that could be the direction 'Twisters' goes in, as word is Hunt wanted to reprise her role.
Bill Paxton, who played Dr William "The Extreme" Harding in the movie, died in 2017 after suffering a stroke following heart surgery. Official documentation said he died from a stroke 11 days after the surgery. Paxton went under the knife so that his heart valve could be repaired.
However, Universal is reportedly hoping to bring Helen Hunt, 59, back to the project. The original movie had her as Dr Jo Thornton, a meteorologist who studies tornadoes after losing her family in a similar natural calamity. The new film will apparently focus on the grown-up child that Hunt and Paxton's characters had, who has since followed them into storm chasing.
According to Deadline, the script for the sequel, titled 'Twisters,' has been written by Mark L Smith, who wrote 'The Revenant.' Producers are currently in search of the perfect director for the movie.