Unpack the station wagon, people: the Vacation reboot is itself taking a holiday from active pre-production.
Yes, just when writer/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein thought they were finally getting out on the road with the new take on the Griswold clan, New Line and Warner Bros. have put the brakes on the project, blaming creative differences.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the issue lies with tone, as some involved with the movie want to ensure it’s a raunchy, R-rated affair to match the Chevy Chase original and others feel that it should be a broader, PG-13 product. So while the film was scheduled to shoot in Atlanta this July, those plans are now on hold. There’s no word on how long the delay will take to figure out, but the movie should still happen eventually.
Putting the project on hold means that stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate will likely need to find other movies to fill their schedule, while this new outing for the Vacation format – with Helms as a grown Rusty taking his own family on a trip – was also set to feature cameos from Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.