Helen Hunt marked the 25th anniversary of “Twister” by opening up the sequel that never was.
Appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” this week, the actor revealed that she pitched a follow-up idea to the 1996 box office success last year that reportedly featured a multiracial cast.
Her hopes for the project, which she had planned to co-write and direct, were dashed when an anonymous studio rejected her, she said.
“I tried to do it,” “Mad About You” star told host Andy Cohen. “With Daveed [Diggs] and Rafaël [Casal] and me who wrote it, and all the black and brown storm chasers, and they wouldn’t. I was going to direct it.
Winner of an Oscar for “As Good as it Gets” in 1997, Hunt is expected to return to television this weekend in the Starz series “Blindspotting”, written by Diggs and Casal.
She starred in the original “Twister” with Bill Paxton, who passed away in 2017. The film topped mixed reviews to gross $ 495 million at the global box office.
Last June, Variety reported that Universal Pictures was developing a sequel to “Twister” with Joseph Kosinski attached to directing. While the exact chain of events is unclear, Hunt said she came up with her own sequel around the same time.
“We could barely have a meeting, and it’s June 2020 when it was all about diversity,” she explained. “It would have been so cool.”
Whether Hunt will reprise his role as Dr Jo Harding in a future iteration of “Twister” remains to be seen. Still, she told Cohen that she would be ready for an appearance as “the older, tired, haggard” Harding.
When Cohen suggested that the character might die in a tornado in the opening segment of the sequel, the actor joked, “That’s for sure what I would do.”
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