National Lampoon Star Reveals Unproduced Sequel Story
EXCLUSIVE: National Lampoon star Beverly D’Angelo discusses the original, sadder, sequel that never got past the planning stages.
National Lampoon’s holiday Star, Beverly D’Angelo reveals idea for a canceled sequel. One of the most iconic and hilarious movie franchises is among the Vacation Series. The premise revolves around the Griswold family, specifically patriarch Clark (Chevy Chase) and his wife Ellen (D’Angelo), and their attempts to maintain a perfect family vacation. But anything that can go wrong will eventually happen, leading to a series of strange situations that will drive Clark to the brink of insanity. The ongoing film franchise currently consists of five parts, each of which deals with every type of vacation or trip a family might have.
While you speak exclusively to screen rant to discuss violent nightBeverly D’Angelo opens up about a scrapping National Lampoon’s holiday Consequence. Unlike the previous films, which all dealt with the close-knit Griswold family, this part was apparently intended to involve a divorce between Clark and Ellen and a subsequent wedding. Knowing that the film would begin with the audience’s favorite couple not being together certainly sounds depressing, and it seems that D’Angelo and the rest of the production team thought so too. Read D’Angelo’s comments below:
I think Michael’s script [Rosenbaum] and Chris [Sullivan] started with Ellen and Clark outside a courthouse where they just got divorced! But her daughter is getting married and she insists they show up in Arizona or wherever she lives, so they have to travel across the country and get back together. And the weird thing is, isn’t this the kind of movie George Clooney just made? Something like that? We took it like, ‘Hey, it’s about Clark and Ellen and this family. Don’t we want to follow their history?” But there’s something about demographics, and I don’t think they wanted old people in it or anything.
Should a national Lampoon revival appeal to the elderly demographic?
That Vacation Film franchise grew out of a short story from an issue of National Lampoon titled “Vacation ’58”. This resulted in the first film, which became a huge success, which was quickly followed European vacation from National Lampoon, Christmas holidayswhich is arguably the most popular of them, and Vegas vacation. A reboot, also simply titled Vacation, starring Ed Helms, was produced but didn’t fare well compared to the first. A television series entitled The Griswolds Getting into development at HBO Max with Christmas holidays from National Lampoon Star, Johnny Galecki, is serving as executive producer, although there are no further updates on that just yet.
While National Lampoon’s holiday Movies are mostly made for adult audiences, they are rarely seen as such as the dysfunctional family tends to be a relatable plot element in everyone. D’Angelo’s assumption that no one wanted to see old people in the film is puzzling, since audiences would most likely relate to the idea of having an older person with them. Christmas holidays Notably Clark and Ellen’s grandparents who were visiting, as well as Clark’s Aunt Bethany (Mae Questel) and Uncle Lewis (William Hickey), the former of which became a breakthrough in the film due to her senility.
There is honestly no reason for it National Lampoon’s holiday to try and try to cater to the older demographic in a way films never had to before. Vacation thrives on the concept of family and how anyone can have a tough time no matter how hard they try to plan a time to relax. It’s a coincidence that the producers chose to drop the divorce storyline in favor of the Griswolds sticking together. While no new films are currently planned, viewers can enjoy the original National Lampoon’s holiday Movies streaming now on Netflix.
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