Twins was one of those movies that proved you could never underestimate how a dumb concept could still pack them into the multiplexes. Danny De Vito and Arnold Schwarzenegger were twins, separated at birth. Hilarity ensued. Unless you preferred your comedy a little subtler.
Twins is fondly recalled as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest comedy, which is a compliment on a par with talking about Hugh Grant’s best action movie. The film was made in 1988 though, and, a quarter of a century later, memories of its success are mellow enough to have inspired a sequel.
The concept is going to be pushed a little further this time, with Eddie Murphy turning up as the third twin (an idea which gives us the new title, Triplets). Producers seem oblivious to the notion that Murphy is box-office poison at present, with his most recent film A Thousand Words being regarded as one of the worst movies ever made.
Schwarzenegger is available after taking a career break to amuse himself with a political career as Governor of California. Danny De Vito, by far the most talented actor of the trio, is enjoying small-screen success in the hit American sitcom It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Original director Ivan Reitman will be producing rather than directing this time. The appeal of the original Twins owed a lot to the obvious chemistry between Schwarzenegger and De Vito. Whether Murphy will upset that fragile balance will depend a great deal on the script and the choice of director.