Eddie Murphy to Join DeVito and Schwarzenegger in Twins Sequel

NEW YORK | Friday, March 30th, 2012 10:38am EDT

Universal Pictures is planning a sequel to the 1988 comedy, Twins, and the plan is to re-team the original’s stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito and to add one more brother: Eddie Murphy.

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Murphy is said to be in talks with the Universal and Montecito Picture Company to play the third brother in the movie, provisionally entitled Triplets. Photo: david_shankbone/Flickr

As the sources claim, not only is a “Twins” sequel in development with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito attached to star again, but Eddie Murphy could join them as well.

The new story will show how Schwarzenegger and DeVito as brothers Julius and Vincent, conceived experimentally, discovered they have third sibling.

The original movie directed by Ivan Reitman, starred Schwarzenegger and DeVito whose charactes play the results of a genetics experiment that produces radically dissimilar twin brothers who grow up in entirely different environments. The company says that no director or writer has yet signed on.

As The Guardian writes, the move was made at the height of Schwarzenegger’s stardom, and showcased a hitherto little-suspected comedic side to his persona. It was a sizeable hit, taking $111m in the US and a further $104m worldwide.

Following his time in politics, Schwarzenegger is returning the big screen in a number of different projects. He will play in new movie The Expendables 2, lead Kim Jee-Woon’s English-language debut The Last Stand and then re-team with Sylvester Stallone on The Tomb.

As for DeVito, the actor voiced the title character in the box office smash, The Lorax and is a regular on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which is due to return for an eighth season this fall. Murphy starred in Tower Heist last year and just played the lead in A Thousand Words.

Triplets is one of a number of sequels and remakes films which have either been released recently or are currently in production, and stars from 30 years ago are finding that they are more popular than ever, the Telegraph reports.

There are also talks of a new Griswalds’ Vacation, which stares such stars as Chevy Chase and Bruce Willis, is now filming a fifth movie in his Die Hard franchise, while Schwarzenegger is in huge demand with several action films due for release next year.

New versions of RoboCop and Dirty Dancing are in the process of being shot in Hollywood, while 21 Jump Street, based on the 1980s television series, is currently hitting cinemas across America, having achieved plenty of positive reviews from top critics.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times says about the movie: “Completely abandoning earnest teenagers-in-crisis melodrama in favor of crude, aggressive comedy, this “21 Jump Street” is an example of how formula-driven entertainment can succeed.”

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly: “It’s part homage and part wink at the past. It jokes about high school but is also a sensitive sociological study of those crucial years. It bridges slapstick and action. It’s quick-witted with its pop references.”

“Rather than a re-hash of the original, though, this is a re-imagining by Hill, who … set it in the present with appropriate nods to the original and a whole lot of silliness. Nostalgia has rarely been better served,” writes Andrea Chase of Killer Movie Reviews.

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