National Lampoon’s Animal House was the first R rated movie I ever saw, and as it’s still one of my all time favorite films.
The movie still holds up today, but also comes with a tinge of melancholy because National Lampoon never made a movie anywhere near as funny again. They really captured lightning in a bottle with it, and you also kind of knew even then it would be practically impossible to top.
Although it didn’t come anywhere near the hilarity and magic of Animal House, the first Vacation was indeed a pretty funny movie, and is well remembered and enjoyed today. And of course, it’s slated for a reboot, like every single movie that’s ever been made in the history of cinema.
As Cinema Blend tells us, the people behind the potential new Vacation are the writers of last summer’s Horrible Bosses, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. This version of Vacation will follow Rusty Griswold, the young son of the Griswold family, as a grown up, taking his own family on a vacation.
Again, although Vacation wasn’t Animal House, the Horrible Bosses gang have some giant shoes to step into. As you probably recall, Vacation was written by the late John Hughes, the genius creator of Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, etc., and was directed by Harold Ramis, who helmed Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This, along with writing Animal House (with Doug Kenney and Chris Miller), Stripes, Ghostbusters (with Dan Aykroyd), Back to School, and more.
Both are great legacies of comedy, so the Horrible Bosses definitely have their work cut out for them.