Studio updating franchise family film saga

New Line is booking a reboot of its “Vacation” franchise and has tapped Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley to write the newest incarnation.

Property, which started with the 1983 Chevy Chase starrer, spawned three sequels that followed the Griswold family on holiday.

The latest project, which will no longer carry the National Lampoon credit, is being described as more of an update than a sequel and will be closer in tone to “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” than the previous chapters. Story will 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. Chase is not attached at this time to reprise his role as Clark Griswold, now a grandfather.

“Wedding Crashers” helmer David Dobkin is producing the new pic.

Sam Brown and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for New Line.

“Vacation” marks Goldstein and Daley’s fourth project at New Line in 2½ years. Most recently, they did an overhaul of “Horrible Bosses,” about three friends who resolve to kill their employers. Seth Gordon (“King of Kong”) is directing. Duo are rewriting “Burt Wonderstone” about a prominent Vegas magician who falls from grace, and they sold original spec “The $40,000 Man” to the company in 2007. In addition, they are penning another original, “Cal of the Wild,” for DreamWorks.

Goldstein and Daley recently signed with UTA. Daley is additionally managed by Paul Coates.

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