Lee Isaac Chung will direct the sequel to Twister. The news comes courtesy of Deadline with the outlet revealing Chung won the gig following an extensive search that was said to have top directors chasing the job. Talks are still early, however, the Oscar-nominated director is expected to helm the long-awaited sequel, Twisters, for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
Twisters was first announced in October after Universal and Amblin fast-tracking the project after they received Mark L. Smith‘s screenplay. At the time of that news, it was thought the studio might seek to try and get Helen Hunt to return for the sequel, with the hope being that the story would focus on her character’s daughter she had with the character played by the late Bill Paxton, who has caught the storm-chasing bug like her parents. As it currently stands, though, no cast is attached to the project. Universal and Amblin are simply focused on closing Chung’s deal.
Should a deal take, Twisters will mark Chung’s first tentpole film following the successful Minari. The director is said to have impressed executives following a one-on-one last week, which saw him relate his own experiences growing up on a farm in Arkansas and taking cover in storm cellars when a tornado would come.
As of right now, Twisters does not yet have a release date.