It’s been fifteen years since Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold packed up the family for the last National Lampoon’s Vacation movie, probably because that most recent attempt at cashing in on this comedy franchise didn’t go so well. New Line seems to think that there’s still some juice left in the formula however, because they’ve hired Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to co-write and co-direct a new entry in the franchise.
This isn’t set to just be the same old Vacation movie where Clark and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) take their teenage kids on some sort of oppressively family oriented adventure though. The characters are finally being allowed to age, and the lead of the film is set to be an adult version of Rusty Griswold, who will be taking on the duty of being head of family leisure planning.
Of course, even with a dud like Vegas Vacation in the canon, both Chevy Chase and Clark Griswold leave behind some pretty big shoes that aren’t going to be all that easy to fill, so they’re going to have to find a pretty lovable figure to sign on and make this aged version of Rusty somebody everyone will care about. To that end, the powers that be are currently negotiating with The Office veteran, Cedar Rapids lead, and The Hangover superstar Ed Helms to come on and be the new Rusty. This would be good, because it’s kind of hard to not love Ed Helms, and his vulnerable charms might be just what it takes to spin the Vacation franchise off in a new direction without pissing everybody off.
Also, it just occurred to me that “Rusty Griswold” sounds a lot like the name of a disgusting sex act. “No dude, you don’t want to date her, Jon Turk gave her a Rusty Griswold under the little league bleachers last summer. She’s ruined!” Let’s do what we can to get this off the ground. [Variety]