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'Vacation' plans on hold: Ed Helms-starring reboot delayed

Of course, due to "creative differences"

By Kate Erbland Apr 24, 2013 9:17AM



So much for a summer vacation. THR reports that New Line Cinema has put their buzzed-about reboot of the "Vacation" family comedy franchise, set to star Ed Helms as a grown-up Rusty Griswold, on hold. Why? Hollywood's favorite excuse! "Creative differences."

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The film was in "active preproduction" in advance of a July start date in Atlanta, and already had Christina Applegate set to play Rusty's wife, along with planned cameos from the original Griswolds, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Funny guy writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("Horrible Bosses," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone") penned the script for the film and are set to make their dual directorial debut with the project. 

So what's the conflict? Sources told the outlet that "the cause of the stoppage is creative differences, with some wanting to make a broader, PG-13 movie while others want to keep it R-rated, like the original." That certainly seems like a pretty big creative difference, and the type you'd hope to have worked out far in advance of filming. Interestingly, it is unclear who fell into which school of thought on the matter.

But how long can this hold, well, hold? Sources seem to be split on that one, with one source telling THR it could be "only a few months," while "others say the movie could be pushed to later this year." Which...sort of sounds like the same time frame, actually.

Do you want to see a new "Vacation" or is this indefinite delay not bothering you too much?

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Apr 24, 2013 12:29PM
Another classic about to be destroyed by Hollywood's greed. They don't even try to be original anymore...
Apr 24, 2013 1:03PM
They should make more Vacation movies with Chevy & Beverly as grandparents on a trip
Apr 24, 2013 12:42PM
Vegas Vacation should have told them it was time to quit.  "Are you happy now Clark?  She's deaf!"
Apr 24, 2013 1:42PM
Johnny Galecki (Leonard of Big Bang Theory) should be playing Rusty. After all, he WAS Rusty in Christmas Vacation!
Apr 24, 2013 1:09PM
i dunno.  it is a classic but they are not remaking it.  it just picks up down the road.  and so far seems like a good cast.  i'd be interested...
Apr 24, 2013 1:08PM
If ed helms is playing Rusty then I guess it could maybe work.. Rusty's character changed about every time a movie came out.  so I would call this more of a continuation rather then a sequel or reboot.  Could it work maybe.  will they capture the nostalgia of the original Griswolds probably not.
Apr 24, 2013 12:59PM
The thing with the "Vacation" movies is that dad was always the idiot that created the problems. (The best thing in the "Vegas" version was the kids.)  So, I don't see how Rusty would be getting into the same kind of trouble as Clark because he isn't as stupid as Clark.
Apr 24, 2013 12:50PM
I am all for this.  The problem with recent reboots is that they are rewriting the original story.........(total recall, any 70's tv show to movie, Arthur, Red Dawn, Fright Night, Footloose.......The difference here vs other "reboots" is that they are staying true.  They are not recreating the Griswold family.  They are carrying on the story to the next generation.  That is why the new Dallas on TNT is so good.  They did not try to recreate the old show.  They are carrying on to the next generation.  THe only thing I say is that it has to stay true and be an adult comedy.  This idea of PG-13 is (to steal a word from Helms' Hangover co-star Iron Mike)  ludicrous.
Apr 24, 2013 1:19PM

I  think it would be terrific!


why does hollywood want to take an idea that worked back then and shove it down our pie hole again. enough already!
Apr 24, 2013 1:08PM
This would be more of a sequel than a reboot. I love the movies and it has a chance to be very funny as a R rated film. Ed helms and Chevy Chase, not a bad mix
Apr 24, 2013 1:25PM
another bomb from the non-talent hacks now calling themselves 'directors' and 'screenwriters'...they could barely put on a high school skit.
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