The sequel that once had Eddie Murphy poised to play the third sibling is going ahead, albeit without Murphy. Tracy Morgan has been brought on board to play the part instead, with Murphy’s schedule reportedly too full – following his Coming 2 America success – to get the movie made in the time needed.
Speaking to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news, original and returning director/producer Ivan Reitman said that the screenplay (which comes from The Jim Jeffries Show scribe Lucas Kavner and Dylan Dawson) was rewritten when Morgan came on board.
The plot, as per Reitman:
“Secretly, there was a third baby born, a Black baby, who hasn’t been in touch with his siblings. They don’t know each other and very early in the movie they meet and it’s how they achieve a bond together after all these years. It’s really a film about family and, no matter how different we all are, we have to learn to get along. These guys have great chemistry together, and you can see that in the reel, and how much energy they bring out in each other.”
Reitman and his stars will be sending out that sizzle reel to potential buyers at the Toronto Film Festival market. The current plan is to have cameras on Triplets rolling in January 2022.
Twins was a hit back in 1988 (yep, somehow, 33 years ago), raking in over $US216 million worldwide from an estimated budget of $US15 million. The film won a People’s Choice Award in 1989 for Favourite Comedy Motion Picture.