National Lampoon’s Vacation made an iconic character out of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold, the well-intentioned family man whose plans never quite work out the way he wants them to. The series has gone on to span four films, but we haven’t seen the Griswold family on the big screen since 1997’s disappointing Vegas Vacation. Now John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of last year’s surprise hit Horrible Bosses, are looking to change that.
The Hollywood Reporter says the duo will be making their directorial debut on a new Vacation movie, which acts as both a reboot and a sequel in the franchise. The story follows the now-grown Rusty Griswold (portrayed in Christmas Vacation by “Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki), son of Chevy Chase’s Clark, who has a family of his own now and takes them on a vacation which we can all assume doesn’t go as planned. No word yet on major casting or if Chevy Chase and his on-screen wife Beverly D’Angelo are planning cameo appearances. (My money is on “yes.”) Daley and Goldstein are hard at work writing the Horrible Bosses sequel and the upcoming Jim Carrey/Steve Carrell magician film Burt Wonderstone, but I’ll be interested to see if they can handle comedy equally well from a directing standpoint as a writing one.