Rob Corddry recently made an appearance on The Howard Stern Show and talked about the follow-up to the sleeper hit Hot Tub Time Machine. The sequel is slated to begin filming this summer in New Orleans.
He revealed that John Cusack would not be returning in the lead role as the budget for the sequel is only $12 mil, about a third of what the first installment cost. Instead the lead will be taken over by Adam Scott (Step Brothers, Friends with Kids) who will play Cusack’s character’s son in the future. However, the rest of the cast including Craig Robinson and Clark Duke, as well as director Steve Pink are back on board. Instead of taking place in the 80’s like the first film, this one will travel to the future, but by only about ten years due to budgetary restrictions. The low budget won’t allow for the big special-effects one would expect from a future-based film, but that will only add to the comedic aspect, as it turns out the future isn’t all that cool.
The working title was Hot Tub Time Machine 3: Because Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Hasn’t Happened Yet, but ultimately the marketing department deemed that too ridiculous and confusing. With the first film being a modest hit theatrically but doing great business on DVD, MGM decided that the sequel could be very profitable as long as they kept the budget to a minimum. MGM has been known for their financial troubles in recent years, so they decided to keep this trip to the future reserved, in lieu of shelling out for flying cars and hover boards. Unless you own a hot tub that can get there sooner, expect to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 around spring/summer 2014.