Vacation writers: We didn’t want to ruin the legacy

John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein found Vacation a huge challenge.

The writing duo is behind big hits such as the Horrible Bosses movies and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Their current venture is the latest instalment of the comical National Lampoon’s Vacation film series and stars Ed Helms as dad Rusty Griswold, who takes his family on a disastrous road trip.

“It’s an absolute challenge because we want to pay our respects to fans of the original and to the original itself, but we also wanted to give the world a new movie with our voice. So we couldn’t pay too much homage to the original,” John told denofgeek.com.

“It had to work for those people who don’t know the original – and they are out there, young people especially may not have seen the originals – so we had to make a movie that stood on its own, as Rusty says in the kitchen scene at the beginning,” Jonathan added. “But yeah, it’s a huge responsibility. We’re big fans of the original and we took it seriously. We don’t want to be the guys responsible for breaking this thing that everybody loves.”

Luckily their attention to detail has been a hit with cinemagoers and with its release in the UK tomorrow, it’s bound to become even more popular.

They even managed to get some big names to make cameos in the funny flick, including Colin Hanks and Charlie Day, who starred in the Horrible Bosses movies

“It was great, it was very organic,” Jonathan said of the guest appearances. “People like Charlie Day, we had a relationship and we knew each other well enough that it was pretty easy going. As you go along, your actors trust you more and respect that your instincts are leading in a good direction.”

Vacation also stars Christina Applegate and Chevy Chase, who starred in previous chapters of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series.

– Cover Media

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