National Lampoon's Vacation is one of my favorite comedies of all time, to this day I can watch and laugh as if I'm watching it again for the first time. I also enjoyed the other three sequels that followed. It would be incredibly awesome if we got to see another film get made. We've been hearing over the years that something has been in development over at Warner Bros. but I'm not sure if there's been any movement on it.
The last I heard the story would focus on Rusty Griswold, now a grown man, who decides to take his own wife and kids on a road trip to Wally World before it closes forever. Chevy Chase was expected to reprise his role as Clark Griswold, who is now a grandfather. But today we learn that Chase has written a completely new script with his co-star Beverly D’Angelo! The actor recently told collider,
I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a “Swiss Family Griswold.” There’s a cruise, there’s a fire on the ship, we think the whole ship’s on fire and we jump—it’s just a little fire—and we end up on an island where we meet Randy somewhere who’s been left there from an old Survivor series.
OK, now that could be pretty damn funny, just reading that made me laugh. I like both of the ideas for a sequel, but I think Chase's version would work a little better, since it would focus on his character a little more, whose always been the backbone of the franchise. It was also reported that Chase would be interested in doing another Fletch film, and why the hell not? I loved the Fletch movies! If he made another one I would go see it. Here's what he had to say about that and the new Vacation movie,
Actually I think it went back to Warners. I think New Line sold it to Warners. I don’t know what’s gonna happen with that. It’s the same thing with Fletch, I think they had Fletch and then they sold that to Warners too. So we’ll see. I mean look, I’m not gonna do Fletch unless I’m Fletch, if they start writing something for a kid who’s Fletch and I’m just helping out, “Bye.” I mean, there’s no reason why, at my age, I can’t still be Fletch. I’ve always been getting this impression that they’d like me to be mentoring a younger Fletch type thing. No, what am I James Coburn on a Western? No. Nothing against James Coburn, he’s great. Is he alive? Yeah I think he is. I think he’s very much alive. And Vacation, actually Beverly D’Angelo and I have been working on our own script, which is pretty dang funny. I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a “Swiss Family Griswold.” There’s a cruise, there’s a fire on the ship, we think the whole ship’s on fire and we jump—it’s just a little fire—and we end up on an island where we meet Randy somewhere who’s been left there from an old Survivor series. I like that idea. It’s hard to sell these things to the Warners people. It depends on who’s there and what their mood is and what they think people are gonna like.
I agree. If Chase isn't Fletch then what's the point? He is Fletch. I'm just excited that there is some movement and talk of these projects. There really no reason why a new Vacation movie shouldn't happen. I think it could be hilarious, and there's an audience out there that would be excited about it happening.
What are your thoughts on a new Vacation sequel and a possible new Fletch movie?