We’ve already declared 2015 The Year Of Josh Gad and the evidence continues to pile up. In order to promote The Wedding Ringer, which opens next weekend, the Gad-meister sat for a Reddit AMA where his biggest fans could ask him all the burning questions. You know, things like “How much more would it have cost to get Jonah Hill?”
One topic on their minds was the Twins sequel, Triplets, which was rumored to re-team Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito with Eddie Murphy. Gad was attached as co-writer (with Ryan Dixon) when we last discussed this in 2012, a memory I had apparently repressed like a junior high pool party. The Redditors asked him what was up with the project, and whether he’d be acting or just scripting.
This was the word of Gad:
1) Uh, you know… the script is actually done. Everybody agrees that it’s great. We wound up doing 2 drafts. Universal, I think, hit the pause button temporarily for whatever reason – internally I think they are trying to figure out if they want to do a sequel or not. I would say if there’s an outpouring of affection, that may move the needle, but I think it’s on hold right now. But everybody read the script and loved it, so I hope it sees the light of day at some point. It’s there and in great shape.
2) Well, the lives have changed in that the two of them find themselves at a major crossroads where they’ve sort of grown apart over the years and what winds up bringing them together is a 3rd brother they never knew they had who could potentially be played by Eddie Murphy…
3) The answer to [whether Gad will star as well as write] is: most likely not, just because I wrote the film as a fan of the original movie TWINS. It was never written for me to be in it. Having said that, there is currently a role in the movie where Arnold has a son that looks like Danny, and Danny has a son that looks like Arnold. That could be fun, but as of right now, I have no intention of being a part of it. [Reddit via /Film]
Hmm, do you think there’s room for a son who looks like Kevin Hart? Because that might help get a greenlight.
As for Gad’s writing background, his IMDB says he was a writer on 1600 Penn and Gigi: Almost American, neither of which I’ve seen. Though I did read his recent editorial in USA Today, on the subject of “on the one hand, Cosby’s legacy is bad, but on the other, Mike Nichols’ legacy is good.” And the knowledge that this guy is writing Triplets doesn’t exactly move the needle for me, at least not in the right direction. But maybe I’m wrong! I never even saw Josh Gad in Book of Mormon! Sorry, Josh Gad!
Meanwhile, I’m currently trying to sell Universal on my script for Three Men And A Josh Gad, starring Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Common.