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“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?
Lionsgate has come on to develop Epic Fail, a comedy from producer Nicky Weinstock and Ed Helms, who co-developed the original idea. Helms is now attached to star in the pic, which centers on an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team that takes their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America — led by the only soldier more badass and more mustachioed than a Navy SEAL: The Walrus.
Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will pen the screenplay. The duo has several scripts in development including the Black List script The Grackle. Weinstock is producing via his Invention Films banner along with Helms and Michael Falbo’s Pacific Electric Picture Company shingle. Invention’s Whitney Thomas will executive produce. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig, Matthew Janzen and James Myers will oversee for the studio.
Helms, Arnold and Poole are repped by CAA and Principato Young.
Forget your Captain America, your Iron Man, and even (whisper it) your Loki. If DreamWorks Animation has its way, every kid will want to dress up as Captain Underpants. Because… the costume is easier? In any case, the ‘toon studio has recruited a cast to voice the leads, with Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch all headed for microphones.
Word first arrived back in October of 2011 that the studio and Monsters Vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman had finally managed to crack through the rights-protective attitude of creator Dav Pilkey, who opened up the option to his book series – published since 1997 – to an auction.
The books revolve around primary school kids Harold Hutchins (Middleditch) and George Beard (Hart), whose hobby is writing and drawing the adventures of their invented superman. Their headmaster Benny Krupp (Helms) hates children, and runs a fascist regime at the boys’ elementary school, where imagination is forbidden. But the boys hypnotize Krupp into becoming the nice Captain Underpants whenever anyone snaps their fingers (he changes back when water is poured on his head) leading to many adventures against several villains. In the film, the main antagonist will be Professor Poopypants (Kroll). Peele, meanwhile, will be their nerdy school nemesis, Melvin.
“These actors are some of the funniest around today. Letting them loose with these characters is sure to be a hysterical ride,” Letterman tells The Wrap. Parents might be split on the idea, since the books promote reading but are also full of scatological humour and anti-school, but they do sound pretty much perfect for animation.
There’s no time schedule for the film’s release yet, but with movies locked in from the company through at least 2016/17, it might be a while before Captain Underpants takes off.