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If you were coming up with a list of ’80s action-comedies with sequel potential, Ivan Reitman’s Twins, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, probably won’t be on there. Good thing you’re not a Hollywood player, then, because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s exactly what’s in the works under the working title Triplets. Who’s the third brother, you might ask? Why Eddie Murphy, of course!
If you’re unfamiliar with the 1988 original, DeVito and Schwarzenegger play genetically engineered brothers who don’t know the other exists. The experiment combined the genetic material from a large group of geniuses, which created Arnold, with Danny essentially be a result of the leftovers. Arnold is a golden boy trained both physically and mentally on an island paradise, while DeVito was thrust out into the real world and has learned to fend for himself.
Questionable science aside, the film was made for $15 million and went on to gross just under $112 million domestically, making it a clear success. Triplets will not be directed by Reitman, although he is a co-owner of production house Montecito Picture Co., so he will be involved in some capacity. As of now, the stars are attached and they’re looking around for screenwriters to flesh out the idea.