‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung In Talks With Helm Sequel ‘Twister’ For Universal, Amblin

“Minari” filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung is in talks to direct “Twisters,” the sequel to the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster starring Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton.

News broke in October that Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment had accelerated development on the project, with Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”) signed on to write the sequel’s script and Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World Dominion”) attached. to be produced through his Kennedy/Marshall Company. “Twisters” will be co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Chung is best known as the writer and director of 2020’s “Minari,” the intimate semi-autobiographical family drama about a Korean family navigating farm life in Arkansas in the 1980s. won six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Chung himself was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while film star Yuh-Jung Youn made history with his Best Supporting Actress Oscar win. The filmmaker is represented by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

The original “Twister” was a massive hit, earning over $494 million at the worldwide box office, which is often credited to the film’s groundbreaking special effects. The film was directed by “Speed” director Jan De Bont and produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Michael Crichton.

The story centered on storm-chasing scientist Dr. Jo Harding (Hunt) and her estranged husband, Bill (Paxton), who reunite to finalize their divorce as the most powerful storm in decades approaches. . When Jo reveals that she and their ragtag team of scientists (Bill was also a storm chaser before taking a job as a meteorologist) have been preparing a prototype for a revolutionary tornado data collection device named Dorothy, Bill joins the team. as they race against the clock – and their biggest rival, Dr. Jonas Miller (Cary Elwes), who stole the idea and built his own – to test the device. Also cast in the film are Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Ruck, Todd Field, Jeremy Davies and Lois Smith.

A sequel has been in the works since 2020, when it was announced that “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski was in negotiations to helm the reboot, also produced by Marshall. When that iteration ultimately fell through — as did Hunt’s proposal for a reboot, which she offered to direct — Universal and Amblin banded together, with the new “Twisters” idea coming together earlier this year.

Universal’s executive vice president of production Sara Scott and creative director Jacqueline Garell will oversee production for the studio, and Ashley Jay Sandberg will oversee for Kennedy/Marshall.

Deadline was the first to report that Chung is in talks for the project.

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