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The problem, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, is creative differences. While some involved wanted the flick to be rated PG-13, others wanted it R like the original, and that led production to stall. One of THR’s sources says this is only a delay of a few months, while others claim Vacation won’t get up and running until later this year. Vacation was supposed to begin shooting in July in Atlanta.
In addition to Helms, Vacation is slated to star Christina Applegate and will feature cameos from Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Helms would play a grown-up Rusty Griswold, who decides to take his own children and wife, played by Applegate, on a family vacation. One of the stops will be visiting his parents, which is where the Chase and D’Angelo cameos come into play.
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein penned the screenplay and are also slated to make Vacation their directorial debut. Directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes, the original Vacation was released 1983.