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Get ready to head back down that holiday road, Spillios. It looks like 'National Lampoon's Vacation,' the seminal family road comedy, is getting a reboot. New Line has been planning a reboot for a while with a script already finished. Apparently the studio execs liked the script quite a bit because they're now negotiating with writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct the film as well. Daley and Goldstein also wrote New Line's highly lucrative 'Horrible Bosses' last year and will also be penning the upcoming sequel. The reboot will evidently center on a now grown Rusty Griswold who experiences mishaps and hijinx as he tries to take his own family on vacation. No official deal has been made as of this posting.
The propensity for movie geeks to automatically bitch about remakes/sequels/reboots notwithstanding, this is a prime example of a reboot we don't need. It's really an unfortunate situation for the writers creatively, though I'm sure it will make a killing at the box office, because they're locked into a damned-if-they-do-damned-if-they-don't situation. They can't follow the formula of the franchise anymore, and yet their only real alternative approach is inherently weak. Fantastic as he is on 'Community,' Chevy Chase is a little too old to pull off the slapstick that epitomized the original 'Vacation' and its progeny, and recasting for a remake scenario would draw nothing but unfavorable comparisons to the original leading man. So they go the only route they have left, let the younger characters age and focus on them. The problem there is that nobody cares about Rusty Griswold. The focus of the original film series was so much on Chevy Chase that they actually recast Rusty several times throughout the franchise and nobody seemed to mind. So how now are we going to be expected to care about the recycled shenanigans he gets into with his own family? Plus, you just know they are going to shoehorn in a sad cameo from Chase that will only remind us of the hilarious 'Vacation' films we aren't watching. I know, I know, I'm judging the film before it's released and that is admittedly unfair. However my honest opinion is that we categorically do not need this reboot.
What do you guys think? Could this 'Vacation' reboot concept succeed? Would you pay to see it?