MGM Considering 'Hot Tub Time Machine' Sequel

Hot Tub Time Machine

Thanks to its fun cast, enthusiastically goofy premise, and nostalgically ribald humor, 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine was one of the higher-profile comedies of the year -- even if the reviews (and the box office returns) were somewhat lukewarm.

The plot, about a cadre of middle-aged buds (played by John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson) who tumble into the past with a younger hanger-on (Clark Duke) via magical hot tub time machine, functioned well as a setup for 90 minutes of '80s teen movie gags (and a fair amount of gratuitous nudity) -- but it wasn't exactly crying out for a sequel. Nevertheless, the Hollywood Reporter's sources say MGM is "in early talks" for a follow-up installment that would reunite Corddry, Robinson, and Duke with director Steve Pink. (Cusack is described as "not involved at this point.")

MGM has been arguably the most reboot/remake/sequel-friendly studio in Hollywood since undergoing its restructuring a few years ago, but even in that context, the idea of a Hot Tub Time Machine sequel mildly beggars belief. Talented cast aside, this sounds like it could easily be a hair's breadth away from the direct-to-video "sequels" that glutted the home market during the '90s and '00s. (And actually, now that we think about it, replacing Chevy Chase -- who co-starred in the original as a sort of hot tub shaman -- with Randy Quaid might be kind of funny.)

THR's report cautions that talks could still fall apart, but says that if deals come together, the studio would likely fast-track the sequel. Stay tuned.

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