While doing an interview with Bullz-Eye to promote the new season of HBO's Big Love, Bill Paxton revealed that he recently had a meeting with producer Kathleen Kennedy about making Twister 2. This would a be a sequel to the original Twister that featured Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes and Jami Gertz in 1996.
Apparently, the idea began to percolate in his mind when he visited the Ozarks with Scott Thomson who played Preacher in Twister. Here is what Paxton had to say about the project:
"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."