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New Line Cinema is looking to reboot its "Vacation" franchise and has hired Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to write the new version, reports Variety.

The franchise started in 1983 with National Lampoon's Vacation, which starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. The duo would reprise their roles for three more sequels. Chase and D'Angelo played Clark and Ellen Griswold again in HomeAway's 14-minute short "Hotel Hell Vacation" that was promoted during the Super Bowl. You can watch the video here.

Variety says that the new film is being described as more of an update than a sequel and will be closer in tone to Planes, Trains and Automobiles than the previous chapters.

The movie will focus on Rusty Griswold, now a grown man, who decides to take his own wife and kids on a road trip to Wally World before it closes forever. Chase is expected to reprise his role as Clark Griswold, now a grandfather.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=63234

I hope they go back to a more adult version like the first two were.

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As long as they don't try to remake Christmas Vacation..... that movie is classic... I like this idea. I wish they'd get Johnny Galecki from Big Bang Theory to play Rusty. That would be awesome seeing as he played Rusty in Christmas Vacation.

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They have four Rusty's to choose from. It's just choosing the right one. Three of them are still working (Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, and Ethan Embry) so it's up in the air and there's nothing to say they won't just offer the role to someone else who has more star power.

very true, but I am hoping in the back of my mind they will use Galecki or Embry.

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  • 2 years later...

New Line is looking in its own backyard to find a director of its planned Vacation reboot.

The studio has entered negotiations to hand the reins of the project to John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the team behind the Vacation script, as well as the New Line hit Horrible Bosses and the studio's upcoming Horrible Bosses 2 and Burt Wonderstone.

Daley is an actor-turned-writer who has appeared in shows such as Freaks and Geeks, Kitchen Confidential and Bones. Goldstein worked on comedies such as The New Adventures of Old Christine and $#*! My Dad Says as a writer-supervising producer.

The duo's big break came on New Line's Horrible Bosses, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide last summer. The Warner Bros.-owned studio moved quickly to lock up Daley and Goldstein, who are busy writing a Bosses sequel and worked on the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey magician comedy Burt Wonderstone, which is currently in production.

Daley and Goldstein's Vacation script, first set up in 2009, plays like both a sequel and a reboot of the franchise that began with the 1983 Harold Ramis-directed comedy National Lampoon's Vacation and continued with European Vacation, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation. A now grown-up Rusty Griswold, the son of the Chevy Chase character in the original series, experiences a misadventure with his own family.

David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) was originally attached to produce and direct the film but has since moved on. Now the project will act as the directorial debut for Daley and Goldstein, who are both repped by UTA.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/horrible-bosses-writers-direct-vacation-295586

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Ed Helms is getting ready to continue a Griswold family vacation tradition as the actor is in negotiations to star in New Line's "Vacation."

Helms would play Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold played by Chevy Chase in the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise.

Helms was rumored to be involved in the project earlier in the year, but New Line was still closing in on a director before offers were made to thesps.

"Horrible Bosses" scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing from a script they penned.

The new version of the vacation adventures of the quirky dad and his family will follow Rusty, who now has his own family misadventures on the road.

David Dobkin will produce through his David Dobkin Productions banner.

If Helms' deal closes, production would aim for a spring start after Helms finishes production on "The Hangover 3" and his stint on "The Office." In that time, New Line will aim to cut the script down a little in order to bring in to the budget they like.

Harold Ramis directed the 1983 original that was a big hit for Warners. Two more installments followed, "European Vacation" and "Christmas Vacation," the highest grossing of the series, bringing in more than $70 million on a budget of about $25 million. Warner tried to rejuvenate the series with "Vegas Vacation" in 1997, but that pic underperformed compared to previous installments.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118056454

I think it's kind of nice that they continue the trend of recasting Rusty.

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Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are in talks to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold in Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's sequel/reboot Vacation, Variety reports. They would join Ed Helms and, likely, Christina Applegate, who is also said to be in talks.

As in the 1983 original, the new film follows the misadventures of the now-adult Rusty Griswold (Helms), who, along with his own family, heads off on a vacation trip to Walley World.

"It's catching up with the family now and Rusty will be played by Ed Helms," Goldstein told ComingSoon.net in a recent interview. "He's taking his own family on a trip to Walley World because he remembers that trip being so great."

Ed Helms is funny. I'm ok with it as long as they don't make it for kids.

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