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‘Vacation’ Cancelled, Former Rustys Rejoice

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New Line Cinemas has put a pillow over the face of its National Lampoon’s Family Vacation reboot, delaying the film that was/is set to be directed by screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan GoldsteinEd Helms and Kelly Bundy — whose acting career was finally starting to take-off — were/are set to star.

Already in pre-production, filming was supposed to start in July, but as is often the case with multi-million dollar film projects, a catering company was hired before filmmakers and the studio had discussed whether to make a family friendly PG-13 film or a raunchy R rated film. Apparently, NC-17 slasher porn was not a consideration, though I think we can all agree that it should have been.

In case you’re wondering, there was no release date set for the all new Family Vacation film (the first since 2004 without Cedric the Entertainer), but fans are urged to seek out a copy of Little Miss Sunshine sometime around the summer of 2014 in an effort to get over this testicle numbing loss.

Speaking of testicle numbing, there is no word on if this delay will effect Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo‘s scheduled cameos either. The two were set to reprise their original roles, but now they may have to humiliate themselves to make a living, turning to Old Navy commercials like a couple of has-beens because the kid from Freaks and Geeks (Daley) had a sudden case of standards.

Star Ed Helms might also be in the wind now, since he no longer has a contractual obligation to be the worst part of The Office. If he — for some reason — needs to decamp this project, I’m sure producers have a long list of adequate replacements, so sit the fuck down Jason Lively.

As for Bundy (aka Christina Applegate), I’m sure she’s happy that the studio didn’t scrap the entire concept in favor of making National Lampoon’s Family Vacation into a multi-camera/laugh track laden shitcom.

Source: THR, I had to Google the name of the kid who played Rusty in European Vacation (Jason Lively). You probably did too.



Will Helms go on ‘Vacation’?

According to Variety, the Griswold family may be about to select yet another Rusty. Office star Ed Helms is in talks to play Rusty Griswold, (the son of Clark Griswold aka Chevy Chase) in four National Lampoon’s Family Vacation movies. Previously the part of Russ has been played by Ethan Embree, Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, and the one whose name no one remembers.

The film is being written by John Michael Daley and his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. The duo previously wrote the screenplay for last summer’s surprise hit, Horrible Bosses. Thus far, no director has been selected, though the fact that Chevy Chase will likely return in a smaller role probably means that Dan Harmon will not be involved.

We don’t yet know if the National Lampoon’s name will remain in the title for this franchise kick starter. It would seem proper, but they have descended into a cesspool of direct-to-DVD cleavage, college students, and drinking movies over the last decade, so it might actually affect the film’s box office negatively. We also don’t know if they can pull Randy Quaid away from the Canadian wilderness and his anti-Star Whackers mission. Here’s hoping.

Source: Variety