Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Take a VACATION all over again!


"New Line is going on a Vacation.

The Warner Bros. division is developing a sequel of sorts to the 1983 comedy classic, with David Dobkin attached to produce and possibly direct.

New Line is meeting with writers to pen the script, but the take is already developed: The story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. Rusty, now a father himself, takes his family on a road trip vacation.

The characters would acknowledge that first trip, making the movie more of a sequel than a reboot. Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played the mom in the original movies, will have room to make appearances as grandparents, providing a sense of continuity, though no deals are in place.

The original Vacation is a Warner Bros. property, but as soon as New Line became part of the studio, exec Sam Brown began sifting through the parent company’s titles to see what was available in terms of rights. He eventually found Vacation, a movie he said he has watched more than any other in his life, and brought it to New Line president Toby Emmerich and production president Richard Brener, who jumped at the opportunity. The duo asked Warners brass if it had any plans with the title. It did not, and the New Line execs persuaded them to let them take a at it. Brown is shepherding for New Line.

National Lampoon is not involved at this stage, as Warners controls the characters and the title.

New Line is taking meetings with writers this week, hoping to make a movie that skews more toward Planes, Trains and Automobiles or Little Miss Sunshine than RV or Are We There Yet?

Vacation brings Dobkin back in business with New Line, for whom he directed and produced Wedding Crashers."

I was expecting more of a "Griswold's Family Reunion" but this will do. BUT ONLY if they cast Jason Lee as the grown-up Rusty. SO MANY FUNNY SCENES WITH CHEVY CHASE COULD COME OUT OF THIS!!


From Slashfilm:

"The Griswolds will be reuniting for an advertising campaign to be launched during the 2010 Super Bowl. The television spot is for HomeAway vacation rentals (a natural fit) and according to US Weekly, will also feature an exact replica of the film’s iconic Wagon Queen Family Truckster.... [You'll] see it first on February 7th 2010 during the big game."


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

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.

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.

Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin is producing the film."

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