HBO Max developing ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ spin-off series

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (WJW) — Looking for more Griswold family fun? Well, you’re in luck because a spin-off of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise is in the works.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Diane Ladd, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 30th Anniversary Screening of “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn theatre on December 12, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)

The show, currently titled The Griswolds, is in the early stages of development at HBO Max, according to People. 

Johnny Galecki, 44, who starred opposite of Chevy Chase in the 1989 film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is serving as the show’s executive producer. Galecki played Rusty, the son of Chase’s character Clark, in the holiday classic.

The show is expected to follow the Griswold family in their day-to-day lives in the Chicago suburbs.

No official casting announcements have been made. However, Tim Hobert, who was a writer for shows including ScrubsCommunity and The Middle, is going to write the scripts for the show.

HBO Max is set to launch in May 2020 and will be the streaming home for multiple WarnerMedia shows including Friends, Pretty Little Liars, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Big Bang Theory.

Other movies in the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise include the original film, National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), European Vacation (1985) and Vegas Vacation (1997).  It is currently unclear if they will be available on the new streaming service.

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