Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-delayed sequel Triplets will start filming next year, according to the star himself. The original movie Twins arrived during the peak of Arnie’s box-office powers, where the actor was looking to stretch himself outside of action movies. The star had such confidence in the concept of playing Danny DeVito’s “identical” twin that he declined an upfront fee in favor of a share in the grosses; a decision that made his accountant very happy when it became a huge hit.
The belated sequel Triplets was announced five years ago, with the story following brothers Julius and Vincent as they discover they have yet another long-lost brother; a role earmarked for Eddie Murphy. Despite all three actors appearing keen on the project, the movie has been hit by numerous delays ever since. Actor Josh Gad – who wrote one version of the script for Universal - confirmed in 2015 Triplets was put on pause while the studio figured out if they wanted to move ahead with it. Arnold himself confirmed only last month the film is still active, and he expected it to happen after filming on Terminator 6.
Now it looks like things are finally falling into place for Triplets, with Schwarzenegger confirming to Business Insider that the script is nearly done:
“I had a conversation yesterday with my agent and he said that the script will be finished in 14 days. Ivan Reitman is extremely happy with what he’s seen so far, he just wants to make a few tweaks, so that’s music to my ears. I think sometime beginning of next year we can shoot the film. Everyone is happy to do this movie.”
While it’s nice to see the creative forces behind Triplets are still eager on the project, the question is will that translates to box-office success? Twins is a well-liked comedy from the eighties but it hasn’t aged particularly well either, and modern-day audiences probably won’t be excited about the arrival of a sequel over thirty years later.
However, the profile of the film may be given a boost by Terminator 6, a project that will reunite Arnie with co-star Linda Hamilton and franchise creator James Cameron. The film promises to be a return to form after years of disappointing sequels and will update the concept for modern audiences. While it may appear Arnold is sticking close to past roles for safely, it’s worth noting that he turned down a chance to appear in The Predator, apparently because he was unhappy with the extent of his role in the script.
Triplets doesn’t have a release date currently, but we’ll keep you updated with more information as it comes in.
Source: Business Insider