Chevy Chase Has Written a New 'Vacation' & Would Still Play 'Fletch'
by Ethan Anderton
August 25, 2011
Back in October of 2009, we learned that another Vacation film, now without the National Lampoon moniker, was on the way from producer David Dobkin (the director behind Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up). Then last year we learned Horrible Bosses writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley would be writing the script which would see Rusty, 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. However Collider just learned from Chevy Chase that he's written his own new Vacation film.
Though Chase could easily be joking about this, the idea doesn't sound half bad:
“I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a “Swiss Family Griswold.” There’s a cruise, there’s a fire on the ship, we think the whole ship’s on fire and we jump—it’s just a little fire—and we end up on an island where we meet Randy [Quaid, who plays Cousin Eddie] somewhere who’s been left there from an old 'Survivor' series.”
It sounds like Chase already has Beverly D'Angelo committed to this story in some capacity, but I wonder how easy it's going to be to get Randy Quaid to get off the crazy bus he's been driving for a little while now. It's not clear if this project is something Chase is actively trying to get off the ground or if he was just being dryly funny, but I'd be down with that some Swiss Family Griswold action. Of course, there's been rumors that Chase is supposed to appear in the actively developing Vacation movie as well, so we'll see what happens.
In addition, Chase is also interested in reprising another classic role from his career. In February we heard news that Warner Bros. was looking to revamp Fletch for today's audiences, likely with someone other than Chevy Chase. However, the comedian is still quite interested in doing another Fletch film, but won't be involved with the new film unless he has that title role. Chase says, "I mean look, I’m not gonna do Fletch unless I’m Fletch, if they start writing something for a kid who’s Fletch and I’m just helping out, 'Bye.' I mean, there’s no reason why, at my age, I can’t still be Fletch. I’ve always been getting this impression that they’d like me to be mentoring a younger Fletch type thing." Maybe since Chase has been back in the spotlight thanks to "Community" it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring him back as Fletch, but I doubt the studio is up for that. What do you think of all this?