Sequels are tricky business. The very idea of a sequel is a celebration of an old film favorite, and a wish to bring beloved characters and stories back to life (setting aside the obvious fiscal motivations). However, sequels are often charged with ruining their source material, and sometimes even changing or negating their mythology. It may sound silly, but that seems to be what is at stake in the developing Twins sequel, which is set to reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, and give them a new brother they never knew about: Eddie Murphy. The movie will aptly be titled Triplets.
Twins might not be the sacred ground that films like Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are to the American public; even the most denigrating sequel would probably never spark the heat that George Lucas’ Blu-ray edits or Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles have. But for those out there with fond memories of Ivan Reitman’s brotherhood dramedy, Triplets raises concerns.
In the original movie, it was revealed that DeVito’s character was actually the “leftover genes” in an experiment that created Schwarzenegger at birth, marked with DeVito’s climactic realization in the form of his hard-hitting line, “I’m garbage?” Adding another sibling to this mix could compromise the strength of this mythology. DeVito was the waste that wasn’t good enough to make Schwarzenegger. If you throw Murphy somewhere in there, it softens the blow, and might make for a less satisfying happy ending. This is not to say the movie will be bad, it just inspires questions.
But the results are yet to be seen. As he proves on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, DeVito has only gotten funnier with age. Reitman is acting as producer while the film seeks a director and writers.