New Line is getting closer to getting back on the road with the Griswolds as the studio has begun negotiations with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm another trip to the “Vacation” franchise.
The writing team penned the script for the studio, but were also eyeing the opportunity to direct. The two met last week with New Line Prexy Toby Emmerich, who was so impressed with their take that he tapped the duo to helm as well.
The original series follows quirky dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his family on several types of vacations. Latest version will follow Rusty, Clark Griswold’s son, who now has his own family misadventures on the holiday road. It is unknown yet if Chase will return to the role he made famous — or if Clark is even a part of the new story.
David Dobkin will produce through his David Dobkin Productions banner.
Harold Ramis directed the 1983 original that was a big hit for Warners. Two more installments followed, “European Vacation” and “Christmas Vacation,” which was the highest grossing of the series bringing in more than $70 million when it only cost about $25 million to make. Warner tried rejuvenating the series with “Vegas Vacation” in 1997, but that pic underperformed compared to previous installments and the series was put on the shelf.
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As for Daley and Goldstein, the job will be the duo’s first directing gig — and comes as a big score given how big the franchise is in the comedy world. Daley and Goldstein, repped by UTA, most recently penned “Horrible Bosses” for New Line and are currently penning the sequel as well.