Screenwriters Hired For Vacation Reboot
Sorry if I'm about to ruin your favorite spot of the Super Bowl, but remember that Homeaway ad that reunited Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswold family? Yeah, that wasn't just a one-off thing. The ad was intended to whet our appetite for a full-on Vacation redo, which has been in development for a while and today has finally hired screenwriters to get the machine lumbering to life again.
The lucky guys are John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who have done a fair amount of script work around Hollywood but, based on Variety's report, haven't had anything actually make it to the screen so far. Daley would have made a fair Rusty Griswold back in the days he was starring on Judd Apatow's late, great Freaks & Geeks, but now that he's all grown up, apparently it's all behind-the-scenes work for him.
Then again, the new film is all about Rusty and his own family as they road trip to Wally World one last time, so if Daley wants to make an acting comeback.... Chevy Chase will also be part of the festivities, as Grandpa Clark. No word on whether D'Angelo is returning, but if she made the time for the Homeaway ad, you've got to figure a cameo here is inevitable.
The one last interesting tidbit is that the "National Lampoon" label won't be attached to this film, likely a rights thing. While the National Lampoon title has lately indicated more bad things than good, it does feel like a shame that a new Vacation movie will be a completely separate thing. As we've learned from the rotating casts of Rustys and Audreys over the years, though, nothing lasts forever, not even your own children.
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