Is the World Ready for Hot Tub Time Machine 2?

MGM is planning a sequel to the 2010 comedy, possibly without John Cusack.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Four men, one hot tub (that's also a time machine): that was the formula for the cleverly titled Hot Tub Time Machine, a broad and surprisingly clever 2010 comedy that appears to have contracted sequelitis. Although the film was not a major success – earning only $64 million internationaly from a $36 million budget (but doing better in home video) – the film's cast is in talks about appearing in a follow-up. Well, not "all" of the cast…

John Cusack, who had the lead role in Hot Tube Time Machine, is not currently part of the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 conversation, which may have something to do with the fact that his character arc was completely wrapped up in the first film, or possibly with the fact that over the course of his 30 year career in feature films, he has never once appeared in a sequel. Then again, few of his movies were successful enough to guarantee sequel interest in the first place, unless you count the animated Anastasia spin-off Bartok the Magnificent (in which Cusack's character from the original film didn't even appear). That's a shame, since 1409 and 2013 would kind of write themselves, if you think about it.

But Hollywood Reporter is reporting that MGM is in "exploratory" talks with Cusack's Hot Tub Time Machine co-stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke for the sequel, with Corddry possibly writing the script with the original film's director, Steve Pink. It's a busy time for Pink, however, who has been attached to direct the long-gestating Bad Santa 2 as well as co-write Johnny Depp's untitled modern-day Don Quixote for Disney.

As for the storyline, details are (as usual) scarce, but we suppose it's worth noting that, although the original film took its characters back to the 1980s for a Ski School-esque romp in the broad sex comedy genre, time machines tend to go both ways. Could the cast of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 be bound for the future? It makes sense to us. At least, about as much sense as a hot tub time machine does…

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the co-star of The Trailer Hitch. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.