There's been plenty of discussion about the big-budget tentpole series revivals that're happening this year, but we will also be getting new installments in some long-running lower-budgeted franchises too. Creed, for example, will introduce the son of Apollo Creed (Michael B. Jordan) in a film that continues the story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), while the upcoming Vacation will catchup with a grown-up Rusty "Son of Clark" Griswold (Ed Helms) and his family.
Warner Bros. recently bumped up Vacation to a July 31st theatrical release, where it will provide some comedy counter-programming to Tom Cruise's plane-hanging stunts in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. That means the Vacation trailer will be dropping sooner than had been previously expected, following this week's debut of the first couple promotional stills from the film.
Vacation, for those just tuning in, is less a quasi-reboot/sequel (a la Jurassic World) and more a passing of the torch installment (a la Creed, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens), complete with appearances by both Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold - the stars of the original National Lampoon's Vacation that released in 1983. For more on that, we have the official Vacation (2015) synopsis:
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again—and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
Clearly, nostalgia is very much part of the equation for Vacation's appeal, like most every other franchise revival happening in 2015. That includes, of course, the next generation of Griswolds heading to Walley World in the first place, but also with the re-appearance of the Griswold family station wagon (see below). However, we can safely say that Cousin Eddie will not be making an appearance in this particular Vacation movie (given actor Randy Quaid's recent real-life activities).
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Vacation is the writing/directorial debut for screenwriting duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who previous wrote such comedies as Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The pair's Vacation will probably strike a tone similar to Burt Wonderstone's "borderline R", along the lines of most previous installments in the holidays-gone-wrong comedy series.
Then again, movies like Horrible Bosses have demonstrated the box office power of the R-Rated laugh-fest, so maybe Vacation will end up landing on the "mature humor" side of the fence. Comedies like We're the Millers also found a willing audience during the latter half of summer, on their way to becoming moderate critical/commercial hits. That's probably the sort of bar for success (modest, but respectable) that the powers that be behind Vacation are reaching for, too.
Vacation opens in U.S. theaters on July 31st, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.
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