‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Director in Talks to Direct ‘Bad Santa 2′

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Steve Pink to Direct Bad Santa 2 Hot Tub Time Machine Director in Talks to Direct Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa - directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) - followed the misadventures of Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), a drunken mall Santa who sets out to rob shopping centers around Christmastime. It was both critically and financially successful and started Thornton down a path of portraying foulmouthed authority figures (Bad News Bears, School for Scoundrels).

While we’ve known for severals years that a Bad Santa 2 was in the works, word comes today that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is in early talks to direct the film.

Pink is no stranger to raunchy and offbeat comedies, having directed – in addition to Time Machine - Accepted and episodes of New Girl and Happy Endings. However, his potential involvement in the Bad Santa sequel doesn’t end at directing.

According to Deadline, he may have a hand in re-writing John Rosenthal’s original script. Pink’s writing credits include arguably one of John Cusack’s best films, High Fidelity, where Cusack played man-boy record store owner and music aficionado, Rob Gordon.

Steve Pinks Hot Tub Time Machine Hot Tub Time Machine Director in Talks to Direct Bad Santa 2

The cast of Steve Pink's 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

Thornton is expected to return as the bad Santa himself, but it’s still yet to be confirmed if any other characters from the original, such as Lauren Graham, Thornton’s quirky love interest, will return.

The original film, produced by the Coen Brothers, opened at $12 million at the box office and racked up $76 million worldwide (against an $18 million budget). But has the relevance of a potential sequel diminished from the nearly ten-year gap between films? And if so, can Steve Pink give Bad Santa 2 the direction it needs to be successful?

The original film was incredibly vulgar and cynical, but with a high level of tolerance and an open mind, it also revealed a certain amount of heart at its core. It’ll be interesting to see if the film holds onto the same tone or ventures down another avenue with a different director at the helm.

Are you interested in seeing Billy Bob Thornton return to the role of Willie in Bad Santa 2? Or has it just been too long?

Bad Santa 2 is expected to hit theaters December 2013.


Source: Deadline

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  1. This was one of my fav comedites ever. I have friends who still use quotes from this movie today. I can’t wait for a sequel! : )

  2. I hope they can deliver on this. The first film is a lot of fun and I watch it every year along with Scrooged, Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins, Die Hard, Muppet Christmas Carol.

  3. Two of the first films actors died young, Can they really do a sequel without them?

  4. You gotta be kidding me? Steve Pink is one of the worst directors ever! bring back Terry Zwigoff.

    • @Anon – Steve Pink isn’t that bad. HTTM had some great moments in it and Accepted was a very enjoyable film. Keep in mind he also wrote Grosse Point Blank and High Fidelity.

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  5. Was not a fan of the first one. I will skip this.

  6. Yeah Therman Merman all grown up hah. I loved this movie but not sure about Billy Bob at his age now.

  7. Lauren Graham was so ridiculously hot in that movie.

  8. I would recommend Shane Black to direct the sequel.