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Lee Isaac Chung, director of “Twister” Sequel Eyes “Minari”




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“Minari” filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung is in talks to direct “Twisters,” a sequel to the 1996 film Chasing Storms starring Helen Hunt and the late Bill Paxton.

News broke in October that Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment were developing the film, with Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”) to write the screenplay for the sequel and Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World Dominion”) to produce through the Kennedy Film/Marshall Company. Twisters will be co-financed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Chung is best known as the writer and director of 2020’s “Minari,” a semi-autobiographical family drama about a Korean family navigating life on a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Chung himself was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while the film’s star Yuh-Jung Youn made history by winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

The original “Twister” was a massive hit, grossing 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 executive produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Michael Crichton.

Universal executive vice president of production Sarah Scott and executive creative director Jacqueline Garrel will oversee the studio project, and Ashley Jay Sandburg will oversee the Kennedy/Marshall project.

Chung is represented by CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

Deadline was the first to report that Chung is spinning around in the director’s chair on “Twisters.”

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