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Universal has been developing Twins 2, titled Triplets, for a while now. The plan is to bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in their classic roles as unexpected brothers Julius and Vincent. Josh Gad is the guy who wrote the script, and during a recent AMA for his upcoming movie The Wedding Ringer, he let loose some information on the plot.
In a response to a direct Twins 2 inquiry from a fan, Gad wrote:
Well, the lives have changed in that the two of them find themselves at a major crossroads where they've sort of grown apart over the years and what winds up bringing them together is a 3rd brother they never knew they had who could potentially be played by Eddie Murphy…
The first film premiered in 1998 and followed one man’s search for his long-lost fraternal twin brother, who ends up being a significantly shorter man involved in some shady activity. Turns out the two were birthed by means of a genetic experiment, and adding a third brother of a different race into the mix seems like an obvious treatment for the sequel. However, Gad’s involvement on the script has us at least somewhat intrigued. Though he hasn’t had a lot of experience on scripting duty, he’s one helluva comedian. But it doesn’t look like he’ll be involved as a cast member. Later on in his Reddit response, he wrote:
The answer to [‘Would you like to give yourself a role in Twins 2: Triplets?’] is: most likely not, just because I wrote the film as a fan of the original movie TWINS. It was never written for me to be in it. Having said that, there is currently a role in the movie where Arnold has a son that looks like Danny, and Danny has a son that looks like Arnold. That could be fun, but as of right now, I have no intention of being a part of it.
However, is Twins 2 actually going to happen at this point? It’s been a few years now since there were any major updates on the project, and it seems like it’s hit a bit of a snag. Thankfully, we have an update on that, too!
Uh, you know... the script is actually done. Everybody agrees that it's great. We wound up doing 2 drafts. 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.
The snuffing out of Twins 2 might be for the best, though it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen. Schwarzenegger seems hellbent on reintroducing some of his long-dormant movies to a whole new generation — e.g. Terminator Genisys and The Legend of Conan — but this could easily turn into an excruciatingly cheesy comedy, and Schwarzenegger isn’t the leading man he once was. So, is the world ready for more Twins? And would Danny De Vito and Eddie Murphy even do it?