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In a big show of confidence, Warner Bros. is moving New Line’s Vacation into summer.
The reboot of the iconic 1980s comedy franchise will hit theaters July 31, hoping to serve as counterprogramming to Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. Vacation, directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, was originally set to open Oct. 9.
Vacation stars Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Charlie Day, with original castmembers Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo making cameos.
The movie is a sequel of sorts to National Lampoon’s Vacation, directed by Harold Ramis from a script by John Hughes, and picks up as Rusty Griswold (Helms), now grown, takes his own family on a vacation. Applegate plays Griswold’s wife, while Mann will portray Audrey Griswold, Rusty’s sister. Hemsworth will play Audrey’s husband, an up-and-coming anchorman named Stone Crandall.
UTA has just signed Ed Helms, one of the strong names on the client lists of Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, who were chief among the five comedy department brain trust agents who left CAA yesterday and joined UTA.
Helms, star of The Office, The Hangover and We’re The Millers, next stars in the rebooted Vacation film. He comes with Mike Falbo, his producing partner at Pacific Electric Picture Co. production shingle, which will also be represented by UTA. The duo continues to be represented by Principato Young Entertainment.
This follows a day when Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell followed Heyman and Lesak and moved to UTA.
New Line Cinema has pushed up the release of their comedy Vacation from November 13, 2015 to October 9, 2015. The reboot will now go up against Disney’s The Jungle Book and Relativity Media’s Kidnap. The release date shift leaves Paramount’s Friday the 13th as the only movie currently slated for release on November 13, 2015.
Vacation stars Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, who takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a cross-country road trim to America’s greatest amusement park, Walley World.
Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Elizabeth Gillies, Keegan Michael Key andRegina Hall round out the cast, along with original Vacation stars Chevy Chase andBeverly D’Angelo, reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are making their directorial debuts, working from their own screenplay, with David Dobkin, Chris Bender and Jeff Kleeman producing. Production started last month in Atlanta.
Vacation comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins. The film is directed by John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Actor, writer and comedian Julian McCullough will write and topline a multi-camera comedy for NBC inspired by his childhood. The project, Poor House, hails from Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric company and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal. Poor House centers on a free-spirited, anti-establishment, non-conformist dad who drifts across America and through life until he decides to let his teenaged son have a normal high school experience, settling in a wealthy, Norman Rockwell-esque utopia where they share the only rundown house in town with two other working class misfits. Mike Pennie (Raising Hope), who has been under an overall deal at Uni TV, will serve as showrunner. He and McCullough executive produce with Pacific Electric’s Helms and Mike Falbo. Pacific Electric has another comedy project at NBC from an up-and-coming performer, Big Kids, from Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Joe Wengert, with Claudia Lonow attached as executive producer/showrunner.