Reboots are an interesting beast. If they're done right (see: Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" series) they're a fantastic mix of classic film nostalgia and modern movie excitement. And if they're done wrong, well, everybody dumps on them as being unnecessary. When it comes to rebooting Chevy Chase's films, though, there's one person who knows exactly how to do it right.
And that person is... Chevy Chase?
Collider recently sat down with Chase and the veteran comedian revealed that he's not so into upcoming reboots of "Vacation" or "Fletch" -- because he actually wants to reboot them himself. But would that really even be a reboot?
First, some background: Both the "Vacation" franchise and the "Fletch" franchise have been dormant for years upon years, so it makes some sense that Warner Bros., which currently controls both properties, might try to re-imagine them for a new generation. But ss far as Chase is concerned, there's only one person who can properly pull that off: Himself. And since he's back in the spotlight these days thanks to his acclaimed turn on the hit sitcom "Community," well, maybe he has a point.
"Look, I’m not gonna do "Fletch" unless I’m Fletch, if they start writing something for a kid who’s Fletch and I’m just helping out, 'Bye'," Chase said in his typically direct way. "I mean, there’s no reason why, at my age, I can’t still be Fletch. I’ve always been getting this impression that they’d like me to be mentoring a younger Fletch type thing. No."
And as for "Vacation," which Warners is apparently developing with an eye towards having Rusty -- the son of Chase's character Clark Griswold in the original series -- take over the lead? Well, he's not buying that one either.
"Actually Beverly D’Angelo and I have been working on our own script, which is pretty dang funny," he told Collider. "I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a "Swiss Family Griswold." There’s a cruise, there’s a fire on the ship, we think the whole ship’s on fire and we jump—it’s just a little fire—and we end up on an island where we meet Randy somewhere who’s been left there from an old Survivor series. I like that idea."
But he's realistic about the chances of the studios seeing things his way.
"It’s hard to sell these things to the Warners people. It depends on who’s there and what their mood is and what they think people are gonna like."
What do you guys think? Should Warner Bros. reboot "Fletch" and "Vacation" for a new generation? Should they bring back Chase instead to continue the tradition himself? Or should they just leave the 80's to VH1? Let us -- and the Hollywood execs -- know what you really think.