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07 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Pack your bags for Wally World, kids. New Line, which these days is a subsidiary of Warner Brothers, are developing a new National Lampoon's Vacation movie. 

The idea is that it will focus on Rusty Griswold, son of Chevy Chase's Clark. Rusty is now a father himself, on an unspecified family vacation of his own. No deals have been struck yet, but there will reportedly be "room" for chase and his screen wife Beverly D'Angelo to appear as the Griswold grandparents. Which, frankly, makes us feel very old. But means, if it happens, this will be both a sequel and a reboot: rather like putting Leonard Nimoy in the new Star Trek, although National Lampoon's Tangential Parallel Universe Vacation might be stretching the formula.

The film would be a labour of love for New Line's Sam Brown, who came up with the idea while digging around at Warners to see what available properties there might be to play with, and leaped on Vacation as one of his all-time favourite movies. He's talking up comparisons with Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Little Miss Sunshine, rather than Are We There Yet?, which also bodes well.

David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Mr Woodcock) is attached to produce and maybe direct, and New Line are talking to writers this week.

 


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Finally, a new Vacation movie
Will be excellent if they do it, hopefully they can get Chevy, Beverly and Randy in on this. The best comedy films ever except for Christmas vacation 2 which was pretty poor. More

Posted by tomgcumbria at 20:50 on 17 October 2009 | Report This Post

Beverly D'Angelo
yumm yumm More

Posted by nybras at 00:50 on 09 October 2009 | Report This Post

The perfect rusty
I always thought if there was another vacation Ryan Reynolds should be the Clark role. He looks like him. hes funny. and people cant get enough of him. RYAN REYNOLDS SHOULD BE RUSTY GRISWALD More

Posted by lethal weapon at 23:36 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

I wonder if we'll get to see Beverly D'Angelo's boobies again. More

Posted by VijayUK at 17:36 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

Good News.
I'm sure that this can't be as bad as Vegas Vacation. I'm all for it! More

Posted by Christian28 at 15:15 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

With a couple of provisos...
...This could be good news. Mainly, get the modern John Hughes, Judd Apatow, to write it. Pay him whatever he wants, but a great script in the Hughes traditional is the most vital thing. And bring back either Anthony Michael Hall (Vacation) or Johnny Galecki (Christmas) to play Rusty. More

Posted by MadMatt at 14:28 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

I think the Vacation movies are fantastic family entertainment. Vegas vacation was ignored upon release but has some good ideas. The original Vacation and Christmas Vacation are excellent. I've been waiting for a Chevy Chase comeback for sometime and can't wait to see this. More

Posted by Thunderball at 13:04 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Sounds good to me...
#0000cc]Imagine the scene: mpoverished screenwriter enters the office of a studio bignob, and is forced to spend the duration of the meeting on his knees. He is forbidden from looking the bignob in the eye (if you'll forgive the expression)./align]riter:e sir, I've cobbled together a script for a comedy. It's a bit like those l Lampoon's Vacation only not as good. In fact it's rubbish.” ign]ce, pipsqueak! Leave it to me, we'll slap the National Lampoon name on it, offer Chevy Chase a one More

Posted by David Somerset at 10:13 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

Sounds good to me...
Vacation is good, as I remember, Euro pretty awful for the most part with dreadful British stereotypes, and Christmas is absolutely amazing. Hope this lives up to the strengths of the earlier ones (well, apart from Euro, obviously). More

Posted by britesparc at 10:00 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

Been watching these again recently
Very funny movies. Why not have Anthony Michael Hall back as Rusty, he can do comedy well and has had a career resurgence of late. More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:36 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

Can't wait
I think this could be really good, although the casting for Rusty and his family will be important. Not for Rusty in the looks comparison to his younger self cause from which film would you pick and would his, if featuring, be older or younger. I would favour Juliette Lewis to return to her old role, but then that would break the cycle of having different actors playing the kids even though they are all grown up. I like the idea that Rusty, even though he put up with his fathers craziness, end More

Posted by keaneye at 07:43 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

A Vacation None Of Us Need
My God, Chevy Chase looks awful in that photograph. He looks like he's had a lot of plastic surgery and has false teeth (did he get fake glassy eyes too?) So the guy from New Line is "talking up comparisons with Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Little Miss Sunshine, rather than Are We There Yet?, which also bodes well"? Eh, no it doesn't bode well. It's clearly going to be a dog of a movie. Beware the hack over-praising themselves and their own remake before it opens, it shows More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:31 on 07 October 2009 | Report This Post

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