Josh Gad Says 'Twins' Sequel 'Triplets' Currently on Hold at Universal
by Ethan Anderton
January 7, 2015
Though actor Josh Gad has become best known for his role as Olaf in Disney's hit animated flick Frozen, he's also an occasional writer. The latest project with Gad's writing talents was a developing sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. The sequel would be called Triplets and would introduce Eddie Murphy as an even more inexplicably long-lost brother. However, since Gad was announced to write the script over two years ago, there hasn't been any new progress. But Gad just partook in a Reddit AMA to promote The Wedding Ringer, and he updated the status. Read on!
Gad was asked for an update, where the characters are in life and if he would have a role (via SlashFilm):
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.
So despite the fact that the script is good, Universal probably just isn't sure there's a big enough audience to warrant making a sequel to a comedy that is 27 years old. Arnold Schwarzenegger may still be a huge name, but that's not enough anymore. And Danny DeVito hasn't been very prominent on the big screen lately either. As for Eddie Murphy, well, his movies are terrible nowadays. But there is something that is appealing about this movie, just because it's an idea that's so crazy it could work. Honestly, I'd be surprised if this ever gets made, but stranger things have happened (see Winter's Tale from last year).