'Horrible Bosses' Writing Duo to Direct Reboot of 'Vacation' Franchise
The writing duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein should be busy at work on a sequel to Horrible Bosses, but they've also got another gig to keep them working hard down the road. THR reports New Line has just hired the popular writing team to direct a reboot of Vacation, the Chevy Chase led film from National Lampoon's comedy group that turned into a four film franchise. Originally David Dobkin was attached to produce and direct the film from a script that Goldstein and Daley wrote themselves, but he's decided to opt out of the project, allowing a fantastic opportunity for the pair to take a leap in their career.
As was reported when the project was first announced back in 2009, the film is also a pseudo sequel in that it follows 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. No word on whether the elder Griswolds will return for a cameo to send their son and his family on their merry way, but Warner Bros. and their New Line branch certainly were hoping for that to happen initially.
Goldstein and Daley have made huge strides in just a few years with Horrible Bosses and the forthcoming Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, not to mention the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel, but directing their own material for a debut is just too sweet. Honestly, I can't imagine a better duo taking on this project. Here's hoping it can live up to the Vacation that took us to Wallyworld.