Back in March when Ed Helms was promoting Jeff, Who Lives At Home, The Playlist asked him if the rumours he was to star in a Vacation spinoff/reboot/remake were true, his response:
“I have no idea where that bubbled up,”
“I don’t know where that came from. It’s nothing I know of.”
Well either Ed Helms is a giant fibber, the rumours were ahead of the game or New Line liked the idea and decided to run with it, as according to Variety it now appears Ed Helms will become the latest actor to join the Griswold family.
Helms will star as Rusty Griswold, Clark’s son, played in previous incarnations by Anthony Michael Hall, amongst others in ‘New Vacation’. With Helms now a similar age as to what Chevy Chase was back when the inaugural Vacation movie was made in 1983, Helms will likely take on the idealistic, patriarchal “everyman” role, with further casting details as yet unconfirmed.
Helms will first complete filming on the next installments of his two most well known roles; a ninth season starring (in a reduced role) as Andy Bernard in the ever-disintegrating US Office and reprising his role as Stu in the third installment of The Hangover series, with Vacation production set for a spring 2013 start.
Horrible Bosses co-scribes John Francis Daley (who played Sam in the seminal Freaks and Geeks) and Jonathan Goldstein are set to make their directorial debut as well as being signed up for writing duty.
With new scribes and a new lead actor as well as protagonist it would seem the term spin-off is most accurate on this occasion. Whether Chevy Chase, who recently signed up for the fourth season of Community, will reprise his role as Clark Griswold remains to be seen. Having initially taken the family on Vacation in the early ’80s, a European then Christmas vacation followed. Clark’s vacations became a little less popular in the ’90s, with 1997’s Vegas Vacation not faring too well critically or commercially, still, a Vacation just wouldn’t be a Vacation without good old Clark, would it?