Ed Helms in Talks for ‘Vacation’ After All

A few months back, we got word that Ed Helms was being eyed for John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein‘s Vacation reboot/sequel. But Helms shot down the casting soon afterward, saying that he’d heard “nothing” about it and that he had “no idea” where the press had gotten that impression.

Now, however, it’s looking like we were on the right track the first time. According to a recent report, Helms has just been cast as protagonist Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Chevy Chase‘s Clark Griswold from the first film. Read more after the jump.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Apparently this report has been confirmed false. Ed Helms tells The Playlist that while he is a big fan of the Chevy Chase classic Vacation, he doesn’t know where the rumors originated (Perez Hilton…) and has yet to be approached for the project:

“I have no idea where that bubbled up. I don’t know where that came from. It’s nothing I know of.”

The original story follows after the jump.

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Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are busy guys. In the wake of the success of their comedic murder plot featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, the duo worked on Burt Wonderstone and are drafting a sequel to Bosses.

But back in 2009 they started writing a reboot of National Lampoon’s Vacation, now to be titled simply Vacation, and as of 2011 they were doing a second draft of the script. Directors such as David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) and Peter Segal (Get Smart) were linked to the movie over the past few years. But now New Line is going to have Daley and Goldstein direct it instead. Read More »

The best-laid plans of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis went horribly awry the last time they tried to get revenge on their superiors, but the trio could be gearing up to try again. Horrible Bosses 2 is now officially in the works as screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein sign on to pen the sequel. Helmer Seth Gordon in early talks to return as well, and the three stars are expected to reprise their roles.

Although Horrible Bosses didn’t get as much attention, positive or negative, as comedy blockbusters Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II did last summer, it was a surprise hit that grossed $209 million worldwide on a budget of just $35 million. No wonder Warner Bros. is looking to recreate that magic. More after the jump.

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It’s been a while since we heard about that National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, but if you were hoping Hollywood had forgotten all about it, I’ve got bad news for you. Last year, we reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the duo behind this summer’s Horrible Bosses) had been tapped to write the screenplay, titled Vacation (no “National Lampoon’s”). As of now, the two have completed the second draft of their script, and New Line is actively seeking a director for the project. Read more after the jump.

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For a movie that hinges on a murder plot, Horrible Bosses feels surprisingly lighthearted. That’s because despite the title and the marketing, the film’s draw isn’t the fucked-up wish fulfillment of giving your dirtbag superior what he deserves. Instead, its appeal lies in the easy, enjoyable chemistry of its leads — Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis – and the fun of watching them screw up royally, over and over, in increasingly zany ways. To put it another way, it’s Office Space meets Apatovian buddy comedy, minus the dark stuff and the sweet bits but with more consistent laughs as a result.

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Couple of bits of info on upcoming sequels for you today. First up, Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several movies that followed, might like to appear in the upcoming Star Trek sequel currently being written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and J.J. Abrams. Emphasis on ‘might,’ however. In an online chat to promote his new series Fresh Hell, the actor joked about a possible role in the Trek sequel:

I am thinking more about the next Star Trek movie and more about who can I be in it. I did this character Arik Soong [on Star Trek Enterprise], not to be confused with Dr. Soong on the [TNG], this was his predecessor. And I would like to start a campaign, maybe right here tonight, its called BBS – Bring Back Soong.  And I want you to flood JJ Abrams offices with that: BBS, Bring Back Soong.

So: little more than a joke, but not the worst one. Better to have Soong come back than Data, who would stick out amid the Abrams versions of the classic characters. After the break, we carry on with minor sequel news with a bit of info on the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Read More »

‘Horrible Bosses’ Trailer

Jason Bateman fans: today is all yours. We just saw a new theatrical trailer for The Change-Up, his body-switching comedy with Ryan Reynolds, and now here’s the first trailer for Horrible Bosses. This is a comedy where three friends (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) scheme, in seemingly moronic ways, to knock off their three bosses, played by Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston. We’ve had high hopes for this one, and the trailer has a few good laughs. (Many from Colin Farrell.) Check it out after the break. Read More »

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