Wednesday, 7 October 2009


The official countdown to a remake of Weekend at Bernie's starts now, dear and loyal readers. Believe me...

New Line, a Warner Brothers division, has plans to produce a sequel to the comedy cult classic National Lampoon's Vacation aka Vacation (1983) - according to Hollywood Reporter's blog Heat Vision (

Vacation starred Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, a "Father knows best but controls nothing" from Chicago. He plans to make a trip to a fun park in California with his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and his children Audrey and Rusty (Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) but the holiday road becomes a sort of initiatic journey trough chaos. The film, directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes, spawn four sequels ranging from enjoyable to utter crap.

David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is attached to produce and possibly direct the sequel/remake, focusing on Rusty now a father with his family on a holiday road trip. « Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played the mom in the original movies, will have room to make appearances as grandparents, providing a sense of continuity, though no deals are in place » explains the Heat Vision article.

Just for the anecdote, when John Hughes died your humble servant felt the need to watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) for the 450th time and told his wonderful wife: "Now we can bet they'll remake Ferris ASAP". Another vacation trip with a Griswold family member is a terrible idea in the sad history of bad ideas, just watch Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003) and you'll understand. And who will play Russell "Rusty" Griswold? Vince Vaughn?

Not to mention the fact that Chevy Chase is one of my personal heroes.

« I'm Chevy Chase... and you're not. »

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