Posted by Alia Haddad on July 12, 2012 at 9:26 am
We here at The Movie Banter, as with all of Hollywood, have been very excited about all the Vacation reboot rumors. Before news broke last year that Clark Griswold himself, the notoriously cranky Chevy Chase, might be penning a reboot about another Griswold family vacation–this time on a cruise–gone wrong, we reported all the way back in 2010 that Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (the writers behind Horrible Bosses) were hired to write a reboot of the famed franchise which would center around the Griswold son, Rusty, all grown up and ready to embark upon his own family vacation.
After Chase all but confirmed his intentions of penning his own script, we here and everywhere had thought the Vacation, part deux that we were all envisioning was dead.
Well, shake the dust off that coffin, because just as we reported a mere two years ago, a Vacation reboot IS happening. And no, Chevy Chase will not be writing it. As The Playlist is reporting, not only was a script penned by Goldstein and Daley at New Line’s bequest, but the two comedic writers will also be making their directorial debut with this film.
That’s certainly exciting! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good Griswold Vacation movie?! Now, the question comes down to who is cast to lead an all new Griswold family on a vacation from hell? Well, unlike we (and the rest of the world) had guessed, Ethan Embry and Anthony Michael Hall (just two of the Rusty’s during the original series) have been crossed off the list, and Ed Helms (of The Office, Horrible Bosses, The Hangover) has instead been confirmed. While I would definitely have loved the continuity of hiring an original Rusty Griswold to reprise the role, Helms seems oddly perfect for the role. I mean of course Rusty grew up into Helms.
Now, will Helms be able to captivate an anxious audience as hot women, dead bodies, and disgruntled theme park workers are sprinkled throughout his vacation as well as Chase was? I certainly hope so!
Check back here as the story develops.