In 1988, the world laughed together at “Twins,” a film that built itself around the outrageously zany premise that two brothers could be not only totally different personality wise, but physically as well! Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, the film was a commercial success if not an overwhelming critical one. Now, Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are planning to develop a follow-up that doubles down on the outrageous zaniness of the first film by not only bringing in a third brother or the visibly white stars of the original, but having him played by noted black man Eddie Murphy! Zany to the max.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new film would be called, appropriately “Triplets,” and tell the story of Schwarzenegger and DeVito’s experimental twins Julius and Vincent, discovering the existence of their third brother. There aren’t any more real story details aside from that, but it’s probably fair to assume that we’re in for a subtle, nuanced exploration of race in America. “Twins” director Ivan Reitman is currently onboard as a producer, but has yet to settle on a writer or helmer for the new project.
This news comes on the heels of a series of rather “interesting” film choices by Murphy, whose most successful work of the last decade has been voicing the donkey in the “Shreck” films. While playing a triplet to Schwarzenegger and DeVito is perhaps no less gimmicky than movies about a guy who has a limited amount of words to say (“A Thousand Words”), a Murphy-shaped robot controlled by tiny Murphy-shaped aliens (“Meet Dave”) or the entirety of “Norbit,” the upside is that there’s no readily apparent reason for the actor to wear a fatsuit and/or play a caricature of another race. Additionally, with a costar as high-profile as Schwarzenegger, it’s entirely possible that Murphy could shine in a supporting role, much as he did in “Dreamgirls.”