Despite some of the initial hype that surrounded Hot Tub Time Machine back when it was released, the high concept comedy was ultimately a disappointment at the box office, earning just $64 million worldwide. Some had hoped that the movie would be a hit in the vein of The Hangover, but alas its failure only helped propel MGM into bankruptcy. The movie did, however, eventually go on to make some decent coin on DVD and Blu-ray, which has since prompted the resurrected studio to revisit the property. A sequel is now in the early stages of development and if a deal with the cast can be reached, production is expected be fast-tracked. John Cusack, however, will reportedly not be involved.
According to THR, MGM is in “exploratory talks” with Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke to return for the sequel. Corddry would potentially co-write the script with Steve Pink, who would also return to the director’s chair. No word yet on whether or not Lizzy Caplan, Chevy Chase or Crispin Glover might reprise their roles.
As for John Cusack, it’s not all that surprising that he would choose not to return even though Steve Pink has a bit of a history with him (he co-wrote screenplays for both High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank). Cusack seems like the kind of guy who thinks he is above sequels, although when it comes to Hot Tub Time Machine he probably had the biggest paycheck despite bringing the least amount of funny to the table. I think a sequel could be fun, I just hope they learn from The Hangover: Part II and don’t simply rehash the first film. What do you think, are you interested in a Hot Tub Time Machine sequel?