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Are We Ready For A Sequel To ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’?
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It’s being reported that a new movie in the National Lampoon series is now on the way, but it’s not quite the mindless processed generic college movies they have been making the last few years. No, this movie actually isn’t involved with the National Lampoon name at the moment, and will bring us right back to their roots with those lovable simpletons, the Griswold family. This new movie is planning to actually focus on the son in Vacation and its sequels, Rusty, and his family now going on a road trip of their own with references to his old family adventures. Wacky hijinks are sure to ensue.

New Line Cinema is currently meeting with writers to get a script going as soon as possible, and it is noted that places will be left wide open for the main draw Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his wife (Beverly D’Angelo) to appear in some fashion as the now grandparents. The movie is aiming to be more like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Little Miss Sunshine instead of other road trip movie trash like and Are We There Yet? and RV.

It’s tough to imagine this could be anything like the movies they want it to be like, but good for them for aiming high. As much as most consider him a has-been, it has to be said that the more Chevy Chase is used in this, the better it will be. Extra points for the traditional Randy Quaid inclusion, naturally. Nostalgia goes a long way in movies, and if done correctly, this may just have some hidden somewhere inside.

The question becomes: who plays Rusty? If they were able to get Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, or hell, even Ethan Embry, that would help a lot. I’m not sure Jason Lively would be the best of the bunch to be leading a movie. Then again, considering it has been a different actor every single film (was there any reason to them doing that? Anyone?), I guess it would only be fitting to get someone new. Maybe Kirk Cameron.

[Source: THR]


  1. To me, Anthony Michael Hall will always be Rusty Griswald. I would LOVE IT if they got him to play the role. I think with cameos by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angela, this movie might actually be something good. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, as Vacation is one of my all-time favorite movies.

    Comment by Empress Eve — October 7, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  2. I agree with the Empress! And for this movie to work, I think Clark Griswold shouldn’t be as “dumb” as he appeared to be in Vegas Vacation. With Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation, Clark at least demonstrated some intelligence. He just bungled through everything and wound up in awkward situations. I feel like Vegas Vacation was a turning point and that they made his character an oblivious fool. I didn’t like that so much but I find some humor in it because at least Cousin Eddie finally had a mental equal (watching them try to win money back at that shady casion cracks me up every time!). Unfortunately, they made Cousin Eddie even dumber for Christmas Vacation 2 and completely ruined any potential for that sequel. I just feel like there needs to be some level of intelligence in these movies somewhere. Growing up with these characters always made me compare their family to mine. I always saw a glimmer of Clark Griswold in my own father and for me, it helped that Clarks heart and mind were always in the right place but that shit just happened to him regardless of his intentions. Clark being an idiot just ruins the movie.

    Comment by PAUL — October 8, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  3. lol I love the soundtrack! holiday RooooOOOOooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOaaad.

    But NO sequel please!

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — October 8, 2009 @ 8:24 am

  4. Sure, why not!

    Comment by Joseph — October 8, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  5. I bet it’s going to be a completely new actor!
    well, before the movie: saw today that a vacation rental company, HomeAway, is going to bring back the Griswolds in a new ad campaign, – interesting!

    Comment by Henrik — November 19, 2009 @ 10:05 am

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