It’s a crazy slow news day today, so until the next big story hits we figured we’d keep you updated on the reboot/sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation brewing at New Line. A couple weeks ago, we told you that Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are writing the film and they’ll also be making their directorial debut. There was early talk that Ed Helms (The Hangover, “The Office”) could take over the franchise as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase’s lovable oaf Clark Griswold, but it appears that won’t be the case. Read on for more.
Helms recently spoke with The Playlist and denied his involvement with the new movie, saying, “I don’t know where that [rumor] came from. It’s nothing I know of.” That’s a real shame, because he seems like a great choice to fill Rusty’s shoes and carry the franchise forward.
Meanwhile, John Francis Daley was asked about the movie at the PaleyFest event for his FOX television series, “Bones.” Here’s what he had to say, via The Hollywood Reporter:
It is something that we’ve been warned not to screw up. We have confidence that there’s still a lot to tell in the story of the Griswolds. And we’ve been involved with it for so long, it felt like the natural next step to direct. There’ll be no recasting, except for the fact that Rusty will now be grown up. We don’t know who will be playing him, but we intend to have a part for Clark Griswold. Chevy, we’re hoping he’ll be down to come back — and Beverly D’Angelo as well.
Nothing groundbreaking here, it’s just nice to hear confirmation that they’re planning on bringing back two of the people who were responsible for the series’ rise in the first place. The original still holds up, but I’m also excited about the possibilities of a Vacation movie updated for modern audiences who may have missed it the first time around. Anyone else think this movie has potential?