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A sequel to the hit 1988 film Twins, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito is reportedly in the works. The sequel will be called Triplets and Universal wants Eddie Murphy to star in the picture as Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s long-lost third brother.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported on Thursday that Universal, in association with Montecito Picture Co., is interested in bringing Schwarzenegger, who is currently reviving his career after leaving the California governorship, and DeVito, who just a hit with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, together again.
A spokesman later confirmed the report to The Wrap on Friday, confirming that Murphy is coming on board. Murphy is in desperate need of a hit, as he continues to flop at the box office. Last year’s Tower Heist and this year’s A Thousand Words did not help, both landing as duds. Triplets could be the hit he needs to turn it all around.
Sources for The Hollywood Reporter say that Ivan Reitman, who directed the first film, does not plan on directing, so the studio is going to have to find one. Reitman will be on board as a producer, working with Monticelo’s Joe Medjuk, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. Universal doesn’t even have a script yet and is also looking for a writer.
Twins was a worldwide hit, making nearly $112 million in the US and over $200 million worldwide. The film starred Schwarzenegger as Julius Benedict, a genetic experiment, who finds that his long-lost brother is a criminal named Vincent, played by DeVito. It is assumed that Murphy would be another long-lost brother in Triplets.
The new sequel will be a break from the marathon of action films Schwarzenegger has been working on since he left office, including The Expendables 2, The Tomb and The Last Stand.
The New York Daily News reports that Universal is also planning another sequel to a 1988 comedy. Tower Heist director Brett Ratner is working on a sequel to Midnight Run with Robert De Niro.
Here’s the trailer for the original Twins: