'Hot Tub Time Machine' Sequel Heating Up But Without John Cusack

January 16, 2013
Source: THR

Hot Tub Time Machine

It's weird that only three years have passed since the raunchy time traveling comedy Hot Tub Time Machine hit theaters. Even more odd is that after the film grossed only $64 million worldwide (which isn't bad for an R-rated comedy that cost $36 million to make), THR reports MGM is currently considering a sequel to the film with the original film's director Steve Pink writing a script and also in talks to direct again. Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry are in early talks to reprise their roles (with the latter potentially helping out on the script), but John Cusack is currently not involved in any capacity. Read on!

The project has been in the works for a few months now, but the deals for cast are very early in negotiations and could easily fall apart. However, if all the key components come together, the production will be put on the fast track, likely for release in early 2014. Though the box office take wasn't very big, apparently the comedy has found quite a decent audience on home video. The question is, where will our time traveling party friends go this time? Last time an 80s storyline of redemption moved our characters into drunken action and proved to be a nice homage to movies of that decade, so what would the sequel follow? At this point, count me cautiously optimistic, but without Cusack's involvement, I'm slightly less interested.

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  • Really? After The Raven and The Paperboy I would think this dude would be begging for work.
  • Hot Tub was awesoooomes. Why is he not making part 2? He sorto seemed happy at the end though?
  • grimjob
    Love the first one, but I don't think a sequel should happen.
  • Then why do it? No Cusack? No go.
    • Cody W
      Honestly as long as Robinson and Corddry are down its not much of a loss.
      • Meh. Maybe for you, but not for me. I liked the energy from the entire group. It works.
  • Mysterwright
    Hmmmmm... well in the sequel the characters would be much better off than in the first movie. Rob has a yacht and founded Lougle. Craig is a producer with his ol' lady put in check. Maybe the nerd kid could find his girlfriend he didn't know how to come and find. That's a loose plot thread. Second, what the hell was Chevy Chase doing there? He didn't do much. Could he play a bigger part now? It makes sense that Cusack wouldn't be there. He didn't do much in the first movie to move the plot forward. Craig figured out the time machine. The kid figured out what they were doing there. Rob was the one who got laid and ensured safety of the future. All Cusack did was get stabbed in the eye again with a fork. And get thrown into the hot tub after he decided to stay in the 80's. I'm thinking the pro-American rivals from the first movie would wanna try and stop Lougle. So the guys have to go back and observe how it first began. Like Back to the Future part II. Stop the bad guys from somehow using the good guys' technology for their own ill gotten gains. Only, what would be the proverbial Grey's Sports Almanac here? That's where the writers come in. Is there anything left out that nobody considered? What happened to the energy drink can? I mean in T-2 Skynet had the first T-800's arm. So that's something to work from right there. Seeing how Lougle was first built.
  • castingcouch
    MGM seems to have quickly forgotten their recent bankruptcy. They should be saving money not throwing it away.
  • I LOVED the first, but without John Cusack, I can't see this being a success. I'll need all 4 actors to be fully involved or I'll never be sold.




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