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The sequel script for TWINS is apparently great, but does anyone want it?

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I don’t know when last you saw Twins, the massive 1988 hit for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, but it has not aged well. Let’s face it: the film was a product of its time. Most of the jokes circled around Arnie’s muscles or Danny’s scheming ways: both things the actors’ characters were respectively known for. After all, these were the names behind The Terminator and Other People’s Money. You know: he who dies with the most toys wins. Fast forward a few decades and both are far removed from their glory days.


So there was no surprise when nobody took seriously the news a few years ago that a sequel to Twins might be in the works. Written by Josh Gad, it’s called Triplets and the gag is the inclusion of another has-been, Eddie Murphy.

Whatever happened to that? Recently Gad laid out more details about the script in a Reddit AMA, though he mainly says it’s a great script:

Uh, you know… the script is actually done. Everybody agrees that it’s great. We wound up doing 2 drafts.

The story is that the pair of mismatched genetically-bred twins have grown apart and the children we see at the end of Twins are now fully grown. Then a third missing twin, Murphy, shows up on the scene. But things have not progressed past the script stage:

Universal, I think, hit the pause button temporarily for whatever reason – internally I think they are trying to figure out if they want to do a sequel or not. I would say if there’s an outpouring of affection, that may move the needle, but I think it’s on hold right now. But everybody read the script and loved it, so I hope it sees the light of day at some point. It’s there and in great shape.

So basically the studio is not sure if anyone wants a Twins sequel and Gad is hoping fans might change that. But those same fans have not exactly been coming out and saying so. Instead many seem to consider this a bad idea. I’m definitely one of those, especially considering Murphy has not produced anything worth seeing in a long time. Another missing piece is director Ivan Reitman, who has even avoided directing the new Ghostbusters, so there is no hope of seeing him attached to Triplets.

arnold_danny_murphy_tripletsIf Triplets means two hours of Arnie moping about getting old, Danny complaining about being a loser and Eddie making the same smart-ass cracks we’ve heard for the past three decades, it may be worth skipping. I never thought I’d say this, but the studio might be right for a change…

Last Updated: January 8, 2015

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