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Growing up in the shadow of Atlanta, Six Flags Over Georgia was a frequent vacation spot, but on this day in early November 2014, it’s no longer Six Flags, it’s Walley World for New Line Cinema’s Vacation. Ed Helms stands with Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins in line for a roller coaster that for my whole life has been “The Ninja” but has been upgraded today to “The Velociraptor.” The Griswolds have arrived.
“Don’t forget to scream your faces off,” Helms reminds his “kids” during a take.
This new iteration of the Griswolds eagerly wait in line for their turn, and when the chain comes up they’re stopped. Ron Livingston of “Office Space” fame puts his hand out, holding the Walley World equivalent of a fast pass, and ushers his perfect, khaki pant-clad family in front of our heroes. They are in essence the anti-Griswolds, perfectly creased shirts and bright suburban smiles. After they walk through, co-writer and co-director John Francis Daley emerges in his cameo as a Walley World employee and puts the chain back up. “Last ride tonight,” he tells the distraught Rusty and company.
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.
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.
“Vacation”, the on-again off-again on-again restart of the Chevy Chase-led franchise, is back on track with filming to kick off before the end of the year.
The first new Griswold jaunt since 1997′s “Vegas Vacation” is finally (it’s been a year since we’ve heard anything new on it) inching before the cameras – and we’ve some coolish script spoilers for you!
The script was crafted by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein; the “Horrible Bosses” duo will also direct. Ed Helms and Christina Applegate headline. Tim Suhrstedt, the DP on the striking-looking “Little Miss Sunshine”, is the cinematographer. David Dobkin, of “Wedding Crashers” fame, produces the film – serving as somewhat of a Nolan-esque shepherd to the reboot.
But a good cast and crew is no substitute for a cool concept… so what have you got for us “Vacation 2.0″?
Here’s ‘Extender Man’ with the scoop :
Rusty (Ed Helms), wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and sons Kevin and James are off to Astroland – as opposed to Wally World, which is where the clan were headed in the ’80s original – this time (sans Clark and Ellen; Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will cameo). Like the original flick, we’re staying in the states – so expect some interesting Americana stop-offs along the way (hello Grand Canyon!).
Like Clark’s clan, this is a family of four.
Kevin is 11 or 12, and James is 15 (yep ‘Kevin’ and ‘James’ – likely unintentionally funny.. Or is it!?), one’s essentially a dick (Kevin; compared to ‘Hitler’ by his sibling), the other (Guitar-strumming James) more nerdy. Lots of bullying by the younger sibling ensues.. until James the ‘pacifist’ finds the courage to stand up for himself. If either of the duo are the ‘Anthony Michael Hall’ of the pic it’s James.
Wife Debbie : Rusty’s essentially married his mother.
Rusty? essentially a clone of Clark – slightly naive, goofy.. a champion for “family”. He means well but ends up making a glitch of each situation – just as “Grandpa Clark” did. He puts his kids in some rather embarrassing situations.
Lots of throwbacks to the original – for instance, a hottie on the freeway catches James’s eye. While at the motel, they have a run-in.. which leads of his instrument* getting a tad wet. * guitar.
Humor is more on par with that of the original – slightly crude, R-rated jokes. The tone reminiscent of last year’s “We’re the Millers” — Rusty reaching under the motel bed for the remote and instead pulling out a chunk of someone’s pubic hair, another time he’s thinking he’s switched on some porn to get the missus hot and bothered .. Until she realizes it’s Jodie Foster’s “The Accused”; also quite a few Vagina gags (no topping those) in here too.
Obviously, the studio is going the R-rated route for this, likely encouraged by the success of “We’re the Millers”.
After this, Ed Helms steps into another iconic comedy role, that of Lt. Frank Drebin in a reboot of “The Naked Gun”.
Surely the “Doctor Detroit” do-over isn’t too far away?