The sequel to the 1988 buddy comedy movie Twins is set to start filming next January, 33 years after the original film opened in theaters.
The sequel, titled Triplets, will bring back original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as twin brothers Julius and Vincent Benedict, and will introduce Tracy Morgan as the third brother. Ivan Reitman, who helmed the first film, will also return to direct the new movie from a script penned by Dylan Dawson and Lucas Kavner.
In an interview with Deadline, Reitman shared how the idea of making a Twins sequel came about. “Twins was quite successful, and some years after, this whole thing started with Arnold meeting Eddie Murphy, and the suggestion [to make a follow-up movie] came from one of them,” Reitman revealed. “[Eddie] was [like], ‘I should be a triplet, that could be a very funny comedy.’”
Though the original script for Triplets featured Murphy as the third brother, the success of the actor’s Amazon Prime movie Coming 2 America got himself booked up heavily, resulting in his exit from the project and Morgan’s subsequent casting as the third brother.
“I’d been good friends with Tracy Morgan for a long time and always thought he was one of the funniest men in the world,” Reitman said. “I thought he would make a terrific triplet, and [so] we rewrote the whole script for him. Now, we’ll go out and try and put the money together and get it made.”
As for how Morgan’s character will enter into the picture, Reitman said: “Secretly, there was a third baby born, a Black baby, who hasn’t been in touch with his siblings. They don’t know each other and very early in the movie they meet and it’s how they achieve a bond together after all these years. It’s really a film about family and, no matter how different we all are, we have to learn to get along.”
Reitman added that Schwarzenegger, DeVito, and Morgan have “great chemistry together” and that can be seen in the movie’s sizzle reel that was sent out to potential buyers.
Production on Triplets will begin in January 2022 in Boston. Reitman said they chose Boston because they need the need to capture the winter. “It looks great and has mountains nearby, and has a good tax deal,” Reitman added of why the sequel will be shooting in Boston. “We’re [also]s dealing with this as an independent, and we want to keep the costs low. It worked out very well for us in Twins, I see no reason not to do that here.”
With a production budget of just $15 million, Twins grossed $216 million worldwide. And instead of taking their usual salaries for the film, Schwarzenegger and DeVito reportedly both agreed with Universal Pictures to take 20% of the film’s box office returns, resulting in them receiving the biggest paychecks of their film careers.