Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo in Talks to Join ‘Vacation’ Reboot

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header chevy chase and beve Chevy Chase & Beverly DAngelo in Talks to Join Vacation Reboot

The idea to reboot the Vacation franchise has been kicked around Hollywood for years now, but it wasn’t until recently that things really started to come together for the project. In July, Ed Helms signed on to star as a grown-up Rusty Griswold, and just last week Christina Applegate was cast as his long-suffering wife.

The script – written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) – seems to be attracting some name talent, but one large question was still looming over the project in the minds of many of the originals’ fans: Would Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo be reprising their roles as the patriarch and matriarch of the insane (but affable) Griswold household?

Although we don’t yet have confirmation, Variety is reporting that Chase and D’Angelo are indeed engaged in talks to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.

Since the new film revolves around the next generation of Griswolds - Rusty and his immediate family – and their misadventures, Chase and D’Angelo’s parts may be reduced to cameos, as Rusty and his family take some time out of their vacation to visit mom and pops. But no matter how little screen time they end up getting, there’s no doubt that their mere presence would give nostalgic fans something to cheer about and provide at least a passing-of-the-torch moment for a potential new franchise.

Apparently, an early draft of the script did not include the elder Griswolds, but with further polishes, producers increased their efforts to find a place for them in the reboot in the roles that helped make the original Vacation films (at least a couple of them) comedy classics.

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Most fans of those films are holding out hope that the reboot will do them some justice. Unfortunately, the hit-and-miss track record of the writers – who are also making their directorial debut with the film – doesn’t give us a clear indication one way or the other. Many comedy fans loved the dark humor and lead chemistry in Horrible Bosses, but many others were unimpressed by The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (read our review).

Of course, it would be fun to see Clark and Ellen’s loving, yet dysfunctional relationship on screen at least one last time. It certainly wouldn’t feel like a Vacation movie without them, but the success of the reboot will obviously depend on Helms and Applegate’s chemistry, as they aim to create a similarly unique and hilarious on screen Griswold relationship.

There’s no release date for the Vacation reboot yet, but production is expected to begin in July.


Source: Variety

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  1. You can’t do a vacation reboot without an appearance from the elder Griswolds,even if its only for a few scenes. So it’s good to hear that Chevy and Beverly are in negotiations to appear. Love the original national lampoon’s vacation.IMO one of the funniest films of all time. Not that big of a fan of European vacation,though it has it’s moments.

  2. Its ridiculous to even try to reboot the series unless it revolves around Clark and Ellen Griswald! End of.
    So the fact they are only cameos puts me right off. Why couldnt they just all go on vacation together? Much better story. One I would watch anyway. Its not The Hangover.

  3. They will try to make it the hangover though. I am with you BigSpace. Why not make the movie about them. You could have Rusty being a screw up but why not make it about Clark and Ellen. I hate the word “reboot”, all it means is something mildly good is almost certainly going to be made horribly. The last reboot that was worth a damn for me was “The Thomas Crown Affair”.

  4. Did anyone even go to see those films?

  5. I’m betting Quade definately wont be coming back…..None the less…Once again someone wants to take a piece that worked for it’s time and try to make it work now. Usually they fall flat…different times and diferent environments

  6. Sure they’ll be in it… they need a paycheck. What’s the last film anyone remembers Ms. D’Angelo appearing in?

    • Harold and Kumar Escape from Quantanimo Bay

  7. I think it works best if they show up in small parts or cameos. It would give the movie a sense of heritage and continuity. It could quickly get bogged down and start to feel forced if they try to bring Everyone back (like Quaid).

    However, I think if Clark and Ellen didn’t at least pop up somewhere, it would be a notable absence.

    However, I myself would LOVE to see Anthony Michael Hall show up somewhere as a random character! Maybe as a jerky hotel clerk or a cop or something.

  8. I’d love to see another one. I have them all in my collection but whenever they happen to run on TV and i happen to switch to it, i’ll always stay for the ride.^^

    The European vacation was a true blast but i could go for another trip to Walley World.

  9. I dunno what he’s talkin about, I loved Wonderstone– Funny stuff. Count me in for this re-make!

  10. I would welcome this and definitely see it. Having said that, though, I must add that the “vacation” movies did not impress me, except for “Christmas Vacation”, which was quite possibly one of the funniest 4 movies I have ever seen (the others being Caddyshack, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the original first Revenge of the Nerds! There you have them, my BIG FOUR!).

    • Incidently, a useless bit of trivia most people don’t know…do you know that when the term “Nerds” first began to come into being, it was actually usually spelled “Nurds”, but evolved much in the same way into “Nerds” as popular usage as Beta tapes took a back seat to VHS, and eventually became “extinct”? True story! Just thought you’d all like to know.

  11. Why not make a movie with the original cast of Christmas vacation Movie, I bet that will make more money than this dumb REBOOT!

  12. This is from the short they did for Hotel Hell; it’s not bad actually. If they can stick to something like this it could be okay, its about 15 min.

  13. This could be really funny but I’ve heard Chase is tough to work with.

  14. I want the original ending version of the 1st vacation movie to be released!!!