1988 was a unique year in film history. For every Die Hard and Who Framed Roger Rabbit that debuted, we had odd films like Earth Girls Are Easy, Cocktail, and the comedy Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito who play brothers who were separated at birth. For some reason the movie made over $200 Million Dollars that year (adjusted for inflation.) Keep in mind that Die Hard made only $174 Million Dollars that year (adjusted for inflation.) and you get a sense that all was not right with the world in the latter half of the 1980's.
Yahoo Movies is reporting that there is movement in the long in production sequel to that film which would be called Triplets. Eddie Murphy would star along with Arnold and DeVito playing their other long lost brother. According to Arnold...
"The ones that talked about it were Danny DeVito and me. But the funny thing is that no one believed in it. The studio didn’t believe in it, [director] Ivan [Reitman] didn’t believe in it, no one believed in it. Then all of a sudden, two years ago, there was a changeover in leadership at Universal, and they started believing in it. Then Ivan looked at it again and he started believing in it."
I remember liking Twins when it came out in theaters. I was twelve. I had no idea what made a good movie. All I knew was that the guy from The Terminator was playing Danny DeVito's brother. The poster to the movie was enough to keep me entertained. But much like a Jeff Foxworthy "You Might Be A Redneck" joke, once you're told the joke, the entertainment ends there. Twins was not a bad movie yet it's not a cinema classic that needs revisiting close to thirty years later. This is simply a star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a director, Ivan Reitman, who have not had a certified hit in a long time. So what do you do when you're in a career slump in Hollywood? You revisit old properties with the hope that you can reignite the spark to your career. And let's be honest, Eddie Murphy and Danny DeVito have not had a major hit film in years either. Danny DeVito at least has It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia that keeps him working and in the public eye.
This film sounds like someone's idea of a bad joke. I could almost see it as a cut away gag on Family Guy. A producer is in the office of a Hollywood executive:
Executive: All right pal, what have you got for me?
Producer: Do you remember that film Twins? The hilarious movie that saw Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito get cast as brothers? What if we bring them back for a sequel...and bring in Eddie Murphy as their long lost brother!
Executive: Oh my goodness, you're a genius. Cast Amanda Peet as a love interest and we'll bankroll the movie at $200 Million Dollars!
Again, this is not a knock on the original film. It's not a bad movie at all. It's simply a mediocre comedy that most people remember simply for the conceit that Schwarzenegger and DeVito could pass off as twin brothers. Trying to recapture the magic close to 30 years after the original came out just smacks of desperation. If the film comes out and they knock it out of the park, I'll be the first to eat some humble pie because Arnold is not a bad comedic actor. Similar to his action films, he was pretty good at picking the right material and working with the right director to get the most they could from him on the screen. Arnold is not a good actor at all, he's a smart actor. He knows he has tremendous weaknesses compared to others. Yet for what he does right, no one does it better which is why we're still talking about him today.
For me, the only movie I want to see him revisit is the Conan series. That character and world that the legendary writer Robert E. Howard created is ripe for revisiting in a proper manner. Arnold cut his teeth as an actor on the Conan movies and this is one that could see him hit all the nostalgia feels people want from a movie like this while properly expanding that movie world. The original Conan movies were pretty vicious and brutal for their time. Filmed today, the level of violence we could see an aging King Conan wreck havoc on screen would probably make Eli Roth blush.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see the sequel to Twins? Do you think there's life in the franchise or was this a one note movie? What other roles from Arnold's past would you like to see him revisit? Sound off in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: Yahoo Movies