SAN DIEGO - Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeing double - triple, even.
Prompted by a question from two adult twin brothers (wearing matching "E.T." shirts, no less) during the audience Q&A portion of the "Expendables 2" panel at Comic-Con earlier today, the action star told the packed Hall H crowd that he's definitely on board for a sequel to his hit 1988 comedy "Twins" co-starring Danny Devito.
"I can tell you that I have been interested in doing a sequel for many years, called maybe 'Triplets,'" said Schwarzenegger, the last bit drawing laughs even though that is, indeed, the name of the proposed follow-up which was previously announced earlier this year. "So I think that we have moved it along, and Ivan Reitman has shown interest again in being involved in the project, Universal Studios has been very excited about it. So we are now looking for a great writer to write the sequel, and I'm looking forward to actually doing it, because I think it would be hilarious."
Back in March news broke that the former California governor - now on the cinematic comeback trail after leaving office last year - was involved in a possible follow-up to the hugely-successful comedy that would also see Devito reprising his role, with Eddie Murphy coming on board to play the pair's long-lost triplet. Original director Reitman, meanwhile, was reportedly on board only as a producer, which we'll assume is what Schwarzenegger meant by his comments (and not that Reitman is interested in actually helming the sequel) unless we hear otherwise.
While it doesn't seem that much progress has been made since the initial announcement, fans will at least be glad to know that Schwarzenegger himself has confirmed his interest in making a follow-up. We'll keep you posted on any further developments.
"Twins" grossed over $216 million worldwide on a $15 million budget, becoming one of the top-grossing films of 1988. It also starred Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb and David Caruso.
Are you hankering for a sequel to "Twins," or should Schwarzenegger and company leave well enough alone? Sound off in the comments!