When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.

The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.

After the break ,

  • A new Dan Brown book brings up talk of The Lost Symbol,
  • a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is all action,
  • and Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-writes a Twins II / Triplets update.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito have made it pretty clear over the past couple of years that they’d be up for a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 comedy Twins. Now that dream is inching closer to reality.

Back in March, we learned that the film was being developed as Triplets, with Eddie Murphy as a potential third member of the mis-matched set. At the time, it was just an idea floating around, but now Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are taking a step forward with the hiring of writers Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Ryan Dixon for the movie. More details after the jump.

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The long-gestating Ghostbusters 3 got yet another new lease on life over this summer, when Sony hired Etan Cohen to give the script another rewrite. As of July, it looked like Cohen would be sticking with the same premise we’ve been hearing about for years now: “original castmembers Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray passing the torch to a new generation of ghostbusters.” We assumed that’d mean the old Ghostbusters would be on hand to teach the tricks of the trade to a new group of colleagues. But could the torch-passing be a reference to a remake instead?

In a recent interview, original director Ivan Reitman talked about getting Ghostbusters “remade.” In addition, the director expressed his worries about Triplets, the impending Twins sequel. Read his comments after the jump.

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Two comic book movies and two long-in-the-making comedy sequels make their appearance in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ivan Reitman will return for Twins 2, says Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 could get rolling by fall, says Bobby Farrelly
  • Check out pics and video of stunt performers on the Iron Man 3 set
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse will probably murder a dog in Kick-Ass 2

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Rumors have flown for the past year of a possible sequel to Twins, the 1988 comedy in which Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as genetically engineered but not quite identical brothers. And now that second film is really happening: Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are developing a film that will follow Twins. But Twins 2 isn’t quite going to cut it; this film will be called Triplets. And if things work out the way the companies want, Eddie Murphy will be the third brother. Read More »

Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:

  • We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
  • Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
  • Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
  • Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
  • Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
  • MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained

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Danny DeVito Open To The Idea of ‘Twins 2′

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s personal problems made national headlines, and he officially signed on to do The Last Stand, a return to several of his classic roles were discussed as acting possibilities. He signed up to do a new Terminator movie, Predator and Running Man sequels were mentioned, and even a follow-up to the 1988 comedy Twins was batted around the rumor mill. That last one seemed totally ridiculous, partially because Danny DeVito has created his own niche in recent years, tweeting photos of his feet and being hilarious on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. And partially because Twins director Ivan Reitman‘s last three films were Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and No Strings Attached.

At Comic-Con though, Movieweb asked DeVito about the rumor and while he didn’t say he’d been contacted about it, he expressed true passion and interest in the project. Watch the interview after the jump. Read More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to the screen got off to a rocky start with The Governator, but he was a possible candidate for a couple of projects, like Kim Ji-Woon’s The Last Stand, that might push him out of the standard Arnie zone. But it looks like The Last Stand is off the list, because Arnold is now confirmed to star in Cry Macho, reports of which started to appear last week.

The film is based on a Richard N. Nash novel from ’75, and the author wrote the film script as well. He passed away in 2000, but producer Al Ruddy has kept the project alive, and now has Arnie signed to appear and a sales package ready for the upcoming market at Cannes. So, things stand as we recently reported them, but now there is no doubt that the film is going out to gather funds, and with this particular actor set to appear that probably won’t be any problem at all.

After the break, we shamelessly pass on the rumor that various interested parties want to make a Twins sequel. Don’t expect this to actually happen. Read More »

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