National Lampoon is Ready for Yet Another Family Vacation
by Ethan Anderton
October 7, 2009
Why? Because they're the Griswolds! Well, maybe not all of them, but at the very least we'll have one of the Griswold's going on another vacation as THR reports that New Line Cinema is developing a pseudo-sequel to Vacation, the classic 1983 road trip comedy from National Lampoon. But this time Rusty Griswold, son to Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's Clark and Ellen Griswold from the original film, will embark on a new vacation as the father of his own family. While this isn't the most thrilling news, my hopes are slightly lifted at the mention that David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) will be producing and potentially directing.
Though the concept is already lined up, New Line is only just now looking for writers to pen the script. The reason that this isn't simply being considered a clean reboot of the comedy series is that there is hope to bring back Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, now Grandma and Grandpa Griswold, as a way to pass the torch to Rusty. However no deals have been inked yet to official bring back either of them. New Line's desire is to make a film in the same vein as Planes, Trains & Automobiles or Little Miss Sunshine, but I can't help but think that this just sounds like an unfunny straight-to-DVD sequel like all the other recent garbage that National Lampoon has been throwing out onto shelves. But that's where the good news comes in.
First, National Lampoon is not involved as New Line and Warner Bros. still have control over the characters of Vacation. Second, David Dobkin who crafted one of the best comedies of the last ten years with Wedding Crashers, is certainly a big plus. At this point in the game it's a toss-up if this project can live up to Griswold standards. And if New Line and Dobkin can actually pull this off then we just might be in for something akin to "the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny f**kin' Kaye." Thoughts?