New Line is going on a Vacation. The Warner Bros. division is developing a sequel of sorts to the 1983 comedy classic, with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin attached to produce and possibly direct.
A writer has not yet been hired, but the idea for the script is already developed. The story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father and takes his family on a road trip vacation.
The characters would acknowledge that first trip, making the movie more of a sequel than a reboot.
There would be room in the story for Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, who played the mom in the original movies, to make appearances as grandparents, but no deals are in place.
Warners controls the characters and the title, and National Lampoon is not involved at this stage.
New Line aims to make a movie more in the vein of Planes Trains and Automobiles or Little Miss Sunshine than RV or Are We There Yet?