Sunday, January 10, 2010

TWISTER 2 In S3D? Bill Paxton Throws His Weight Behind The Idea!

Jim here. I was thinking of Bill Paxton recently as I was wondering what AVATAR would have been like if Cameron had cast him in a role as he frequently does. And then faster than you can say 'THAT'S IT MAN! GAME OVER!' Paxton blips the S3D radar of a good friend of mine - thanks for the heads up!

Seems Paxton has created a project that may have some merit:
TWISTER 2. Here is Bill Paxton talking about the idea with Bullz-Eye: 'I’ve had a meeting at the studio with Kathleen Kennedy about it. I flew into St. Louis with my buddy Scott Thomson, who played Preacher in ‘Twister,’ and we rented a car and drove down to southeastern Missouri, into the Ozarks. We spent the night, and the next morning we got up and we started tracking the trail of the most famous tornado that ever hit the country, which was the Tri-State Tornado of 1925. It still holds all of the records. It was called the Tri-State because it was a mile wide when it came down from the sky on the afternoon of March 16, 1925, and it was a rural area, but, boy, before it was through, it crossed the Mississippi, it cut across southern Illinois, where it hit a lot of towns. The biggest one was Murphysboro, which was…it literally looked like Hiroshima after it hit. And then it went across the Wabash, into Indiana, staying on the ground three and a half hours and cutting a damage path 219 miles long, killing about 700 people. There’s actually footage that I found in Murphysboro at their historical society. They had footage from a biplane that the government sent down, just to do aerial footage of all of the destruction and the damage. So we just did that to kind of get some ideas, and from that I kind of extrapolated an idea for a sequel. And I kind of put that together into a format, and now we’re kind of waiting to see if that’s going to move forward.That would need Steven Spielberg’s blessing, ultimately, and they probably won’t take it to him ‘til there’s real studio interest, but I think the 3D applications of that could obviously be pretty amazing.'

So, there is a chance this gets done.
What do you think? Interested in seeing Paxton chase down some more funnels in stereoscopic 3D? Or perhaps even a monster funnel if what he is saying is the foundation of his story. I think the premise holds promise and could be done quite well in S3D. The original certainly
held its own at the box office (~$500m). Will try and dig up some more on this pronto.

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