Throw Momma from the Train is getting a reboot with original stars Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal.
DeVito first mentioned the project, called Throw Papa from the Train, in an interview with GQ that was published yesterday (Nov. 3). At the time, he said the movie was simply something he’d like to do because he wanted to collaborate with Crystal. He never hinted that the project was in the works.
That same day, EW reached out to a representative of Billy Crystal, and they confirmed that the actors were, in fact, moving forward with the concept.
“It’s true,” they said. “They’re still working on it.”
Throw Momma from the Train stars Crystal and Devito as Larry Donner and Owen Lift. One of them wants to kill his mother, and the other wants to kill his ex-wife, so the two work together to do their evil bidding. The 1987 black comedy also starred Goonies actress Anne Ramsay, who earned an Oscar nod for her performance in 1988.
Crystal’s rep didn’t share details about the upcoming project. But it’s possible DeVito will direct Throw Papa from the Train as he did the original.
Danny DeVito Working on ‘Throw Momma From the Train’ Sequel and a Mysterious Arnold Schwarzenegger Project
During that same interview, Danny DeVito admitted Throw Momma From the Train isn’t the only nostalgic story he hopes to continue. He also wants to bring Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger back in a sequel. And he almost got his wish with Triplets. The movie was set to film with DeVito, Schwarzenegger, and Tracy Morgan as their third brother, but the project died as soon as the preproduction buzz began.
“Jason Reitman f—ed it up! Jason Reitman literally stopped the project when his father died,” Schwarzenegger told The Hollywood Reporter this past spring. “His father wanted to do it really badly. I wanted to do it really badly. Danny DeVito wanted to do it really badly. We had the financing. When his father passed away, Jason says, ‘I never liked the idea’ and put a hold on it.”
Though the duo wasn’t able to film Triplets, they have started working on a different project. While talking to GQ, DeVito teased that he and Schwarzenegger have been “chatting” about “a little thing going” and gave some insight for fans.
When asked if the project is at all linked to Twins or Triplets, he said “No, it’s just two friends, two guys, because we have a good time together.”
“We complement each other in a lot of ways,” he continued. “I am way stronger than he is.”
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