What the hell has happened to John Cusack, anyway? I miss the awesome ’80s/’90s Cusack. I think his lack of success with Iraq War movies (Grace is Gone, which was fantastic, and War, Inc, which was a mess) has hurled him back into bad studio projects. Look no further than tomorrow’s 2012 and the upcoming Steve Pink comedy, Hot Tub Time Machine, which — despite a killer cast that also includes Chevy Chase, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Crispin Glover — looked terrible, based on the teaser trailer (a full-length trailer is due out imminently).
The guy needs to get back to his good romantic comedy roots and stay away from political movies and sentimental kid movies (Martian Child). According to our source, The Hollywood Cog, the next project on his plate is neither. It’s a $20 million indie thriller, which Cusack has had mixed success with. Cusack is attached now to Jack, about a doctor who falls for a accident victim with memory loss, unaware that the victim is actually a killer, a role that certainly fits into Cusack’s Grosse Point Blank identity.
Joseph Rubin will direct based on a David Venable script. Venable hasn’t done anything since the 1993 dud, Fortress; and Rubin (Sleeping with the Enemy) has been basically unheard from since his 2004 Julianne Moore flop, The Forgotten. Which is to say: Cusack is in good company, among filmmakers who haven’t made a memorable movie in years.