into the storm trailerWe were at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, last week and saw that the "Twister" attraction was still up and running. That's right: "Twister." You know, the Jan De Bont film about tornados that was co-written by Michael Crichton and executive produced by Steven Spielberg (it co-starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, who hated each other so much by the end of filming that they couldn't even record the "Twister" ride pre-show together) that is nearly 20 years old. Apparently somebody remembers it, because not only is the ride still dazzling dozens of guests a day at Universal Studios, but New Line Cinema is about to unleash "Into the Storm," which, judging by the trailer, is a found footage homage to "Twister."

There isn't a lot of plot detail that you can glean from the trailer, although it seems to focus a father (played by "The Hobbit's" Richard Armitage) as he teams up with some storm chasers (including Sarah Wayne Callies from "The Walking Dead") to save his son from an outbreak of extreme weather conditions. The "found footage" aspect comes from literally whatever camera is around -- according to the studio, both professional storm chasers and amateurs will be glimpsed in the film, and the trailer makes it seem like the film will also appropriate things like school security cameras and the like. Hey, whatever works.

Steven Quale, who directed "Final Destination 5," the disappointing fifth entry in the film series that made unexpected gusts of wind really scary long before "Paranormal Activity," directed "Into the Storm," which is scheduled to blow into theaters on August 8th. Make sure all of your lawn furniture is tied down beforehand.

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