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.
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.