Josh Gad Gives Us an Update on That ‘Twins’ Sequel
Delayed sequels have become a fun trend, like the long-gestating ‘Bill and Ted’ sequel, or the recently released ‘Dumb and Dumber To.’ A couple of years ago we learned about a rather curious sequel: ‘Triplets,’ the follow-up to the 1988 comedy ‘Twins,’ which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as unlikely twin brothers. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news about the project, but writer Josh Gad has delivered a somewhat promising update.
As we previously learned, ‘Triplets’ is set to integrate Eddie Murphy as yet another long lost twin brother to Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s characters, which has the potential to be pretty hilarious. Universal hired writer and actor Josh Gad to pen the script, and in a recent Reddit AMA (via Slashfilm), Gad was asked for a status update on the project, how the lives of the characters will have changed since the original film, and whether or not he might co-star. Here are his answers:
1) 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.
2) 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…
3) The answer to that 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.
Though we had previously heard reports that Murphy was going to star, Gad seems a little less confident about whether or not he’ll actually join the project. It likely depends on when (and if) Universal decides to move forward with ‘Triplets,’ Murphy’s schedule, and whether or not he likes the script as much as the studio does.
The good news here (if you’re into it) is that Universal likes the script and it’s more of a possibility now than when we initially heard about it—and it’s definitely closer to happening than ‘Bill and Ted 3.’ In other delayed sequel news, Murphy is set to reprise his role as Axel Foley in ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4,’ which, as we previously reported, is scheduled for release in 2016.