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Our little Rusty is all growed up. As was reported several months ago, New Line Cinema has decided to move forward with another sequel to 'National Lampoon's Vacation,' which for my money is one of the funniest movies of the 80s. The new film would follow the adult version of young Rusty Griswold as he attempts to take his own family on a trip across the country. As you would image, mayhem and disaster ensue. The film will be directed and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the pair previously wrote 'Horrible Bosses'). Now it seems the man chosen to slide behind the wheel of the Griswold family truckster 2.0 is none other than Ed Helms ('The Office'). Once the deal is completed, the production will shoot to begin production next spring; giving Helms time to finish both 'The Office' and 'The Hangover 3.'
Once again, I think this a pointless sequel. Sure, people will go see it because it's a name they recognize, and branding is so much of Hollywood's strategy anymore, but without Chevy Chase, this is just another arbitrary vacation mishap movie. There have already been a number of films since 'National Lampoon's Vacation' that center on the hijinx of a family trip, and there is no way they will be able recapture the spirit of what made the Harold Ramis original so incredible. I don't have any problem with Ed Helms, I think he's a competent actor with legitimately impressive comedic skills, but it really wouldn't have mattered to me who they cast as Rusty...I still wouldn't care. Plus, I'm sure the thinking behind casting Helms is "oh, he goes on a trip and has misadventures so 'Hangover' fans will definitely come see it if we cast an actor from that movie." All that said, I've been wrong plenty of times before so this could be good. I guess what I'm saying is, I just couldn't care less.
But what about you guys? Anyone legitimately excited for another 'Vacation' sequel? What do you think of the casting of Helms?