Friends... I've got mixed emotions about this news. On the one hand, the "Vacation" movies are comedy gold. So any chance to see Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo take up their roles as the Griswold family again has me pounding the walls in excitement. On the other hand, this latest reunion is for a HomeAway ad campaign which is set to launch during the Super Bowl on February 7, 2010. Sooooo... yeah, conflicted.
This isn't the first time that Chase and D'Angelo have stepped into their Griswold roles in recent memory. They made a brief cameo in "Family Guy: Blue Harvest," the animated series' loving parody of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," complete in a flying version of the first "Vacation" movie's Wagon Queen Family Truckster (the big green station wagon thing). A replica of the Truckster will also appear as part of the HomeAway ad campaign, according to a report from US Weekly. But perhaps there's some hope to take away from all of this.
Chase, who was pretty quiet for a long time, has been in the public eye quite a bit lately. He appeared in a multi-episode arc on the spy/comedy TV series "Chuck" and he recently appeared on "Family Guy" again, along with Dan Aykroyd, in a parody of their comedy classic, "Spies Like Us" (the episode was called "Spies Reminiscent of Us"). Chase also has a full-time TV role these days on "Community," with Joel McHale.
On the "Vacation" side of things, we learned in early October that New Line was developing the next entry. Set years after the rest of the movies, this new one would focus on a younger Griswold -- son Rusty -- and his own family. Actor continuity isn't an issue, since the kids are replaced in every movie. And while it would be a funny twist to have parents Clark and Ellen show up as different actors in a cameo, I think we can all agree that it would be preferable to get Chase and D'Angelo back.
My hope is that this recent resurgence in popularity for Chase and the "Vacation" series will spur New Line to push for prominent Clark and Ellen roles in the Rusty-centric flick. We can be thankful at least that Chase is back to doing regular comedy again... but Clark Griswold is an unforgettable character and I have no doubt that fans would love to see him bumble his way through a family gathering once again on the big screen.
Are you a fan of the "Vacation" movies? Which one is your favorite? Do you think all of these recent "Vacation" and related developments point to a coming big screen return for Clark and Ellen?