Dune & National Lampoon's Vacation Reboots Get New Writers
by Ethan Anderton
February 10, 2010
Pretty soon Hollywood is just going to blow our mind and there's going to be a reboot of the Canadian computer animated series "ReBoot" and then we're all going to be in deep shit. Right now we've got news on two very different reboots getting some writers to work as Variety reports TV writer Jonathan Goldstein and actor turned writer John Francis Daley will be writing the newest installment of the National Lampoon's Vacation series (which will henceforth drop National Lampoon from the title). THR also reports that Chase Palmer has been hired to write the newest draft of Dune for director Pierre Morel.
As you may remember from our initial report that this iteration of Vacation will see Rusty Griswold, son to Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's Clark and Ellen Griswold from the original film, embarking on a new vacation as the father of his own family. Chase is expected to come back and fill in as grandpa Griswold, but no word on Bevery D'Angelo's return to the series. You'd think if both of them came back for a Vacation-themed short for HomeAway Vacation Rentals, they could muster up the strength to do this. You may remember Daley as a young actor from comedies like Waiting and series' like NBC's short-lived, yet brilliant Judd Apatow created "Freaks and Geeks" or, more recently, Fox's "Bones." Now he's 24 years old, and making a living writing no less than 5 other upcoming comedies with Goldstein.
Meanwhile on the sci-fi side of things, Palmer isn't as wide known having only written and directed a couple shorts and the upcoming thriller Number 13 with Ben Kingsley. Though Morel said they were throwing out the original script from Josh Zetumer, THR makes it sounds as though Palmer will be infusing Morel's ideas into the script rather than start from scratch. Either way, from Morel's talk of his passion for the first book, it sounds like he'll do a decent job adapting it. I'm most interested to see how he handles the complexity of the books. He hasn't shown much subtlety in his direction, but maybe he'll tone it back a bit for Dune.