Ed Helms' Vacation Reboot Delayed Due To Rating Dispute

Over the last couple months the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation has been getting into high gear preparing to start production in July. It was announced that screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein would be making their directorial debut with the project; Ed Helms had signed on to star as the older Rusty Griswold (who the story would focus on); Christina Applegate became attached to play Helms' wife; and even Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo were confirmed to return. But after all that progress, the brakes are being thrown on.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that New Line has been forced to delay production on Vacation due to creative differences. According to the trade's sources, there are some who wanted to make the film R-rated, like the original, while others want to make it a PG-13 comedy that will widen its appeal to younger audiences. There seems to be some discrepency about how fast the issue could be resolved as some say that the delay could only be a few months, while others have said that cameras may not start rolling until later in the year.

The story, which Daley and Goldstein also scripted, follows Rusty as he attempts to lead his own family on a road trip. Chase and D'Angelo are returning as Rusty's parents, Clark and Ellen, though their roles are described as cameos.

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