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Late last year, Vacation co-director John Francis Daley revealed to the world that he would be using his directorial debut to reunite with his former Freaks and Geeks co-stars Martin Starr and Samm Levine, adding that he wanted to use the film as an opportunity "to get the three geeks back together in the same project." Sadly, it turns out that the trio actually wound up being cut from Vacation, and there's a pretty lame reason for it: the sequence where the cameos occurred just didn't work.
SlashFilm attended a special early showing of Vacation at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, and it was during a post-screening Q&A session that John Francis Daley and his co-director Jonathan Goldstien that the reasoning for the cut Freaks and Geeks moment was explained. According to the filmmakers, the sequence that Daley, Martin Starr, and Sam Levine were in simply wound up not working, and it "wasn’t as funny as they hoped it would be in the final cut of the movie."
Unfortunately, Daley didn't offer any specific details about how he worked himself and his Freaks and Geeks co-stars into Vacation - but he did reveal that it was going to be a part of a scene that found Ed Helms' Rusty Griswold and his family get stuck at the desert festival known as Burning Man. You can't actually see any of the actors in any of the marketing materials that Warner Bros. has released for the movie, though there are scenes shown in the trailer set at Burning Man (including a moment with an exploding car):
While the Freaks and Geeks reunion didn't make it into the final cut of Vacation, it was actually shot - and it's not disappearing forever. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstien apparently confirmed that the special moment will be included with the deleted scenes in when Vacation hits Blu-ray and DVD - which will presumably happen at some point in the fall. In the meantime, comedy fans will be able to catch the continuation of the National Lampoon series when the new movie - co-starring Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo, Skyler Gisondo, Charlie Day, Chris Hemsworth, and Chevy Chase - will be in theaters on July 29th.
And for you Freaks and Geeks fans who find this news unacceptable and need more of the Paul Feig-created show in their lives, the good news is that the home video company Shout Factory has announced that the cancelled-too-soon series is in the process of making its way to Blu-ray. So stay tuned for more details on that front!