‘Vacation’ Reboot Delayed Over Creative Differences

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Vacation Reboot Delayed Vacation Reboot Delayed Over Creative Differences

For a while, New Line’s reboot/sequel to the famous National Lampoon’s Vacation series had been making good progress. First, the film cast rising star Ed Helms as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswald from the original movies. Then it added Christina Applegate as Helms’ wife. Last we heard, both Chase and Beverly D’Angelo were in talks to reprise their roles as Rusty’s parents.

Now, however, all of that progress has come to a grinding halt. According to a new report, the film has stalled due to creative differences between the filmmakers and the studio.

The delay, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, revolves primarily around what rating the film should be aiming for – an R rating to capture adult moviegoers or a broader PG-13 rating to bring in more family audiences. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to both, which is why the studio has pushed back the movie temporarily while they sort out which option is best.

Interestingly, the previous films in the Vacation franchise have received the entire range of ratings. The first movie earned an R rating, but the next two films (European Vacation and Christmas Vacation) both received a PG-13. The most recent film in the franchise (Vegas Vacation) actually received a PG rating.

Some of the most successful comedies in recent memory have been R rated, including both movies in The Hangover franchise and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, so there’s definitely a justifiable reason to ratchet up the raunchiness of the humor. However, the movie’s unique heritage also could justify the PG-13 rating.

Vacation Vacation Reboot Delayed Over Creative Differences

Most of the adults going to see the new Vacation movie will have been children when they saw the first two films, so they may be looking at the new movie from a more nostalgic perspective. Maybe they’ll want to bring their families along with them to pass on the franchise to a new generation.

Personally, I’m inclined to believe that an R rating is the best option for the film. As previously mentioned, the most successful comedies in recent memory have been R rated, and there is precedent in the franchise for that kind of rating. When you make the decision to close off a huge portion of your potential audience, however, you’d better be able to put butts in seats, which means creating a truly hilarious movie.

Which direction do you think the film should ultimately go? And, if it does go R, are you confident that first-time directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (who also wrote the script) will be able to justify their rating with something that is genuinely funny?

We’ll keep you updated on the status of the Vacation reboot as news becomes available.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Creative differences over the ratings of a Vacation reboot, that might be an oxymoron….

  2. Most of the Vacation movies were not that good. However, Christmas Vacation is one of the absolute funniest and well-done comedies ever made!! The Clark Griswold character reminds everyone who knows me very much of me and the weird and lovable and whacky things I am known for doing, from start to finish. They could have followed me around and noted my mannerisms and had it spot-on when making this film! I don’t know that they can top or even equal Christmas Vacation, but I am willing to give it a watch and look forward to it, once they get it done. I just hope they make it right.

    Incidently, just for the record, along with Christmas Vacation, the other funniest movies I have ever watched are the original Revenge of the Nerds (the first one; the rest were dumb), Caddyshack, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. These are the ones, along with Christmas Vacation, that I whip out when feeling nostalgic for comedy or having a “funny film fest” with my friends.

    • Wait, you have friends? :)

      • Sure, and they and myself are all pretty well represented by the characters portrayed in those movies I mentioned: Caddyshack, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Christmas Vacation, and Revenge of the Nerds! yep, that about covers it…we’re superstars!

  3. vince vaughn

  4. i think they should leave VACATION alone and maybe do something original

  5. Rusty should be played by Anthony Michael Hall anyway in my view.

    • No one actor has played Rusty twice, so why start now? Nothing against him, but I don’t think he would be a wise casting choice for the star of a franchise reboot. I stick by my choice of having Jason Sudeikis play Rusty and Charlie Day to play cousin Eddie’s son.

  6. Why not release two versions – R and PG? like they did with Saturday Night Fever all those years ago?

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  8. 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.

    • I saw the original (and every subsequent) film and I think it should be a PG-13 rating.

      I liked the original, but the PG-13 Christmas Vacation was the best one of all. Make it one that we can take the whole family to. Clark is mister ‘everyman’, and you don’t need raunchy sex, drug use or ridiculously foul language to make people laugh.

      You just need them to associate themselves with the characters and see the humor in life. Everyone has at least one crazy in-law; disasters while hosting family; something always goes wrong during holidays; Dad always thinks – or secretly wishes- he’s still a stud and can get the models; family trips never turn out the way you plan; car trouble; work trouble; etc.
      (Meet the Parents was another similar example that was funny, and was PG-13)

      In Christmas Vacation, Clark had one of the best movie rants in history, and it only contained the words “ass” and “sh*t”, which are both considered ‘mild’ profanity, allowable in even PG rated films today. You might include ‘dickless’ but I never considered that a swear word. 😛

      “If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”

  9. I’m inclined to lean towards the ‘R’ rating as well. Can we get a Papa Georgio cameo?

  10. I think they should worry about making the film as best as they can, and then worry about the rating.

    I know they have to write stuff differently for different ratings, but I think the main focus is not spoiling the franchise and making it as funny as it can be.

  11. just go with a pg-13 for movie theaters and release a directors cut on DVD.

  12. The kid who plays Rusty in Christmas Vacation should play him now. Johnny Galecki 😀 Nah, he doesn’t have the acting chops for it, imo. But I don’t mind seeing Ed Helms in it, but I would rather see Jason Sudeikis :)

  13. Ok, here’s a compromise. Make it as a hard R and release it as an edgy, to the limit PG-13 with the R version saved for DVD… could that work?

  14. I’ve only seen two of the Vacation movies, the original and Christmas Vacation. After seeing both, it really should be the R rating as I enjoyed Vacation much more than Christmas.