First announced back in 2010, the sequel / reboot to the 1983 comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation looks to be moving forward, with Variety reporting that The Office and The Hangover star Ed Helms is in negotiations with New Line to star in the lead role of Russell ‘Rusty’ Griswold, the now adult son of Chevy Chase’s hapless father Clark W. Griswold.
The latest Vacation has been written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers), who will also make their feature directorial debuts. Should negotiations with Helms go through successfully, it is expected that the film would go into production next spring, once the actor has finished his commitments to The Office and The Hangover Part III, which is currently filming.
Directed by Harold Ramis, the original Vacation saw Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo embarking on a disastrous cross-country road-trip to the Walley World theme park with their two teenage children – including Rusty Griswold, who was portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall. Chase and D’Angelo returned for three sequels – European Vacation (1985), Christmas Vacation (1989) and Vegas Vacation (1997) – with the role of Rusty falling to Jason Lively, Johnny Galecki and Ethan Embry. Travis Greer also appeared as an adult Rusty alongside Chase in D’Angelo back in 2010 in Hotel Hell Vacation, a short film / commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.
The new movie will follow the plotline of the original, with Rusty taking another cross-country trip to Walley World, this time accompanied by his own wife and children. It’s thought that the filmmakers are keen for Chase and D’Angelo to return in some capacity, although Chase has previously indicated that he’s been working on his own idea for a sequel and would only be keen to take another Vacation as the star of the show.