'Vacation' Reboot with Ed Helms Delayed Due to Creative Differences
"I'll turn this car right back around." In what is almost like a family trip ruined by an unruly set of kids, the production of Vacation, the reboot of the comedy franchise originated by National Lampoon, has been delayed due to creative differences. Ed Helms was ready to lead the charge as a grown-up Rusty Griswold, along with his wife played by Christina Applegate, embarking on his own road trip with his family. The film was going to mark the directorial debut of writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), but now there are issues with New Line about the rating.
THR has word that the production, which was schedule to begin shooting in Atlanta in July, will be delayed at least a few months, but might even get pushed towards the end of the year. Supposedly, the bickering is over whether or not the film should be more accessible to wider audiences with a PG-13 rating, or head towards R-rated territory like the original film. Honestly, I can't imagine a studio like New Line (or their overseer Warner Bros.) pushing for an R-rated comedy, especially with a franchise as well-known as the Vacation series, so it seems clear (though not definitive) where the lines were drawn.
However, in this case, it's hard to determine whether an R-rated comedy is really necessary. Obviously some great comedy can come from R-rated films. 21 Jump Street was my favorite comedy last year, and the R-rating made it work. But the only reason the first Vacation was R-rated was because of language, otherwise, it probably would get a PG-13 rating today. So unless the film has some truly raunchy, integral moments involving sexual humor and/or nudity, maybe there's a way to get around this without sacrificing quality? Either way, I'm on the side of the writers and directors, whatever that may be, and I hope they get this resolved sooner than later, so the production doesn't suffer.