Hunt wants to direct a "Twister" sequel with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal of "Blindspotting" cowriting.
She said it would have been set at a historically Black college and university.
"I tried to get it made ... they wouldn't do it," Hunt said of the studio's reaction on "WWHL."
It turns out within the last year Helen Hunt has been busy trying to get a "Twister" sequel off the ground that she wants to direct. But no one will make it, she said.
Hunt revealed this to Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" on Thursday (via Yahoo).
And she had an impressive team behind her: the writers and stars behind 2018's acclaimed "Blindspotting," Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal.
"I tried to get it made," Hunt told Cohen. "With Daveed, and Rafael and me writing it, and all Black and Brown storm chasers, and they wouldn't do it. I was going to direct it."
The Oscar-winning actress starred in the 1996 hit opposite the late Bill Paxton as two storm chasers on the brink of a divorce.
"We could barely get a meeting," Hunt told Cohen about a sequel, which fans have been wanting for decades.
"And this is in June of 2020 when it was all about diversity. And it would have been so cool," she continued. "There was a HBCU [historically Black college and university] where we wanted it to take place, and a rocket science club, and in this one they shoot the rockets into the tornado. It was going to be so cool."
For 1996's "Twister" both Warner Bros. and Universal backed the movie financially, with WB taking the domestic release and the latter handing international, so it's unclear to whom Hunt actually pitched her idea.
Insider contacted Warner Bros. and Universal for comment on Hunt's claims but didn't immediately get a response from either.
However, last June Variety reported that Universal is developing a reboot of "Twister" with "Top Gun: Maverick" director Joseph Kosinski attached to direct.
"Twister," directed by Jon de Bont, earned over $494 million at the worldwide box office (on a $92 million budget) thanks to its dazzling CGI effects of its stars racing through vicious tornado storms.
Along with Hunt and Paxton, the movie also starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes, Alan Ruck, Jamie Gertz, and Anthony Rapp.
Hunt is starring in the TV adaptation of "Blindspotting" (airing on Starz beginning June 13), which is written and executive produced by Diggs and Casal.
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