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 »

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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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Our friends at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA have a new art exhibition, “The Road To Shermer, a tribute to John Hughes”. The show opening on February 11th and runs until March 4th, 2011. As you know, John Hughes is the writer/director responsible for some of our most beloved teen films of the 1980s: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Plaines Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Dutch, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many others.

After the jump you can find a gallery of the best artwork from the show (in my opinion).

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National Lampoon's Vacation

You might recall that back in October we told you that New Line/Warner Bros had signed Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus director David Dobkin to produce and possibly direct a new film in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series which would follow Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, who is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a, you guessed it, road trip vacation. Then came that the Super Bowl Commercial/Mini Movie (which can be watched here), which while it wasn’t nearly as good as any of the films (not even Vegas Vacation), garnered a lot of attention. Enough attention to convince New Line to order a screenplay for this new adventure.
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Hotel Hell Vacation
Back in November, we told you that Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo would be reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, but not for another big screen sequel (not yet, at least…). The Griswolds reunited instead for an advertising campaign to be launched during the 2010 Superbowl. The television spot is for HomeAway vacation rentals (a natural fit) features an exact replica of the film’s iconic Wagon Queen Family Truckster. We’ll post the commercial once it comes online, but I’m sure you’ll see it first on February 7th 2010 during the big game. For right now, we have a teaser trailer promoting the “short film”, titled “Hotel Hell Vacation”, which can be watched after the jump.

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National Lampoon's Vacation

No, no, no NO NO NO NOOOOOOOO. I start overacting like Shia LaBeouf when I learn news about Hollywood remaking or sequelizing movies from my childhood. I’m not an anti-sequel person, and in that area, I’m a lot more optimistic than most film fanatics. With the advances in technology and special effects, I understand the want  to update some of the big sci-fi and effects heavy classics (not that I agree, but I at least understand…)

But some movies just need to be left alone: particularly dramas and comedies. The Karate Kid doesn’t need a remake starring Will Smith’s son and Jackie Chan, and Nation Lampoon’s Vacation doesn’t need another crappy sequel/spin-off.  New Line/Warner Bros has signed Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus director David Dobkin to produce and possibly direct a new film in the Vacation series.

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