New Line Packs Its Bags for a Sequel / Reboot of NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

     October 6, 2009

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If anyone knows how to keep a franchise going, it’s National Lampoon. Just take a look at how many”Van Wilder” movies have been made, even after Ryan Reynolds jumped ship. Well, it looks like one of their classics is on the way back, but this time without their hands at the wheel. In an as-of-yet unnamed “Vacation” sequel, Clark Griswold’s son Rusty is all grown up and has a family of his own–one that he can drag on another trip of slapstick and misadventure. More on the project after the jump.

There aren’t many details regarding the project, but here’s what Heat Vision Blog had to report: the project is reboot-like in that it’s refreshing the franchise, but is definitely a sequel or spin-off following the son. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo may return as grandparents for continuity’s sake, but nothing is on paper yet. New Line executive Sam Brown pulled the “Vacation” property down from its parent company, Warner Bros., after discovering the studio had no new plans with the franchise. As of now, National Lampoon has no involvement with the project, having previously relinquished the property and characters to Warner.

No writers or actors have been attached to the project yet, but New Line plans to change that fact within the week. Look for more details as they develop.  Hopefully, Rusty will take his kids down to Wally World and then they can share in the memories of taking a security guard hostage and making new family memories.

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