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Because You Asked For It: The Griswolds Get Rebooted

Earlier this week we showed you the horrific short film made by the marketing folks at HomeAway featuring the Griswolds, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo). It was a train-wreck. Granted that this was not an official work of a studio, nor did it appear to have any screenwriter talent behind it, but it did serve has a small reminder that somethings should be left in the wilderness of yesteryear. This was clear, even to someone like me, who is a bigger fan than most of the Vacation franchise.

Apparently it isn’t so clear to the folks at New Line, who have hired Jonathan Goldstein (Producer of The New Adventures of the Old Christine) and John Francis Daley (Mitch from Waiting…) to write a reboot of the Vacation franchise that focuses in on the character of Rusty Griswold, most recently played by Ethan Embry in Vegas Vacation.

Word on the street (aka from Variety) is that both Chevy Chase and Bev D’Angelo would make appearances in their original roles, and that the movie would be more in the vain of Planes, Trains and Automobiles (i.e. darker?). Of course, the link to Planes, Trains and Automobiles seems a bit out of whack, as the original Vacation movies were really light and silly (but still fun). Why go “darker” for the reboot? It doesn’t exactly sound right.

Also there’s this — the story will reportedly follow Rusty Griswold as he returns to Wally World with his wife and kids just as its about to be demolished. I feel compelled to ask why. Why go back to Wally World? Why not just demolish Harry Potter Planet or whatever that them park is called?

Confusion is abound.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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