MGM is trying to put together a sequel to “Hot Tub Time Machine,” the 2010 comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has talked to Corddry, Duke, and Robinson about returning to their roles, as well as original director Steve Pink, with Corddry and Pink possibly collaborating on the script. At this point, Cusack isn’t involved.
“Hot Tub Time Machine” cost about $36 million to make and earned $50 million in theaters. Not great, but it apparently became a much bigger hit on home video. Don’t remember the plot? A bunch of old friends, discontented with their adult lives, stumble into, well, a hot tub time machine that transports them back to an important night in the 1980s when they were teenagers (and when Cusack was a big teen star).
Everyone potentially involved in this is pretty busy. Corddry has won an Emmy for his Cartoon Network show “Children’s Hospital,” and has six movies ready for release, including Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain.” Robinson is finishing up the run of the series “The Office,” then will be seen in Tyler Perry’s “We the Peeples” and “This is the End,” with Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. Duke will be seen in “Identity Thief” with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. Pink directed the remake of the ’80s comedy “About Last Night,” this time starring Kevin Hart and Paula Patton, which will be released next year. Good heavens, can someone help Mr. Pink escape from all things associated with the 1980s?
And yes, if this happens, I hope they will stick with the singularly unimaginative, yet ’80s appropriate sequel title “Hot Tub Time Machine II.”