The Twins sequel really is happening. Long rumored, frequently forgotten about, it is finally moving forward. Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is joining the returning leads of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, 33 years after the 1988 original.
The original Twins was a buddy comedy produced and directed by Ghostbusters Ivan Reitman. It followed unlikely twins (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito) who were separated at birth following their creation in an experiment. Streetwise Vincent (DeVito) and the intelligent but naive Julius (Schwarzenegger) went on a mission to find their mother after finding out they were separated at birth.
In order to get the movie made Schwarzenegger and DeVito both waived their usual fees upfront and agreed with the studio to take 20% of the film’s box office returns. This resulted in them receiving the biggest paychecks of their film careers at that point.
Notably, this was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first time starring in a major comedy. Because the studio viewed this as a significant risk compared with having Schwarzenegger make another profitable action film, Schwarzenegger himself volunteered to waive his fee for the deal. Co-star Danny DeVito and director Ivan Reitman followed suit.
When the box office for Twins of $216 million came in against an $18M production budget, the three made serious money. Schwarzenegger recounted this story, calling it a decision to:
“…invest in myself…”
He refers to it as one of the best decisions of his entire life.
Deadline report the Twins sequel will be called Triplets will shoot this January in Boston as the two unlikely brothers Julian (Schwarzenegger) and Vincent (DeVito) find they are part of a trio.
Eddie Murphy was originally signed on but scheduling conflicts have meant he has to drop out. The script has been rewritten to match his style and character.
Dylan Dawson & Lucas Kavner are writers while Ivan Reitman will return to direct. Potential buyers are being sought and a sizzle reel is being created.