VACATION Remake Delayed Indefinitely Citing Creative Differences over Movie Rating

     April 23, 2013


No, they still don’t close the state of Florida, but creative differences have left the Vacation remake stranded on the side of the road for the time being.  Writers/debut directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) had the reboot all set up with Ed Helms (The Hangover) set to star as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate (Anchorman) as his wife and even cameos from the original parental couple, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.  Unfortunately, the picture has hit a snag, even though it was in active pre-production with plans to shoot in Atlanta this July.  Hit the jump for more.

As THR reportsvacation, Vacation has been delayed by the oft-cited creative differences.  In this case, it’s apparently a disagreement over ratings.  Their sources say:

“some [want] to make a broader, PG-13 movie, while others want to keep it R-rated, like the original. One source says the delay will last only a few months, but others say the movie could be pushed to later this year.”

Those same sources don’t say just who is on which side of the fence, nor how much of an influence Warner Bros. – New Line’s corporate sibling that must greenlight its movies — was in the decision.  Apparently the disagreement had been brewing and on Friday a decision was made to put a temporary hold on the picture’s development.

Could you imagine watching Christmas Vacation with a censored version of Clark’s epic tirade, essentially watching the sterilized TNT family-fun cut?  No thanks.  Clark’s reaction below mimics my own if a modern-day PG-13 remake is greenlit. Enjoy! (*Christmas Vacation was actually rated PG-13, but that was in the free-wheelin’ 80s when anything went.)


  • Great white hype

    PG-13 didn’t stop Burt Wonderstone from bombing. It sucked and could have benefited from some R-rated laughs. I don’t trust these guys with any Vacation movies.

  • Mr. Orange

    Maybe they can spend this time getting a different actor to play Rusty. Not a fan of Ed Helms. Steve Carell would be a good choice.

  • James

    Ok, the original that was released 30 years ago gets an “R” rating and now there is a delay for the remake because somebody has creative differences over the rating? What the hell is the problem? You rate the film “R” or don’t even bother making it. No body (at least fans of the original) wants to see a PG-13 rating. Take that mess somewhere else. “R” rated comedies DO make money (21 Jump Street, Horrible Bosses, The Hangover franchise) so don’t give me (or anyone else) this crap about “appealing to a broader audience) Im so sick of that line.

  • LEM

    If a comedy isn’t R rated you can go fuck yourself.

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