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Elizabeth Berkley in ShowgirlsWill Hollywood ever get tired of sequels and retreads? Not when there's the possibility of cashing in on 1) a genuine hit or 2) a genuine flop. Cases in point: Warner Bros.' New Line division is planning on another sequel to the smash 1983 Harold Ramis comedy 'Vacation,' and a German writer-director is making plans to mount a sequel to the abysmal failure 'Showgirls.' Elizabeth Berkley in ShowgirlsWill Hollywood ever get tired of sequels and retreads? Not when there's the possibility of cashing in on 1) a genuine hit or 2) a genuine flop. Cases in point: Warner Bros.' New Line division is planning on another sequel to the smash 1983 Harold Ramis comedy 'Vacation,' and a German writer-director is making plans to mount a sequel to the abysmal failure 'Showgirls.'

According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, New Line is meeting with writers to discuss a script that would focus on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the first and subsequent 'Vacation' movies (there were three sequels of varying quality). The younger Griswold is now a father and takes his family on a road trip vacation. No actors have been set for the film but 'Wedding Crashers' director David Dobkin is said to be attached to produce and possibly direct. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, who played the dad and mom in the original movies, will have room to make appearances as grandparents, though no deals are in place. 'Vacation,' which was written by John Hughes, grossed more than $61 million (very respectable 25 years ago).

Not so respectable was Paul Verhoeven's 'Showgirls,' which was laughed out of theaters when it opened in the fall of 1995. The film, about a drifter who tries to make it as a showgirl in Las Vegas, pretty much set back the careers of Verhoeven and star Elizabeth Berkley. But according to JoBlo (via German publication/site Extratipp), writer-director Marc Vorlander has been developing a follow-up called 'Showgirls: Story of Hope,' which would revolve around one of the original's minor characters. No studio has yet been announced for the project.

In a world where movie studios are run by TV execs and comic-book loving directors are making money hand-over-fist, these developments come as no surprise. But wait. The thought of Beverly D'Angelo as a grandmother doesn't jibe with my image of her baring her breasts in 'Vacation.' I don't know if I could handle an elderly Grandmama Griswold. As for a 'Showgirls' sequel, bring it on. The original has developed a cult following and anything to boost its status is OK with me: I have a deluxe boxed special edition DVD that I'm dying to sell on eBay.

35 Flicks We're Embarrassed to Love

What is a guilty pleasure? A movie you're embarrassed to admit you like? A movie so bad it's good? A movie so cheesy or odd you just can't get enough of it? Yes (to all three)! And it's definitely subjective, but you know one when you see it (repeatedly, in the privacy of your own home, with the shades down). Click through to see ours, then tell us yours. (Our <b>Guilt Factor</b> is on a scale of 1-10.)

35 Flicks We're Embarrassed to Love

<A HREF='http://www.moviefone.com/movie/pootie-tang/9780/main' target='_blank'>'Pootie Tang' (2001)</a>

<b>Why the Guilt?</b> Of this comedy with a main character who speaks strictly gibberish, <A HREF='http://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/roger-ebert/1928896/main' target='_blank'>Roger Ebert</a> asked: "How did this train wreck happen? How was this movie assembled out of such ill-fitting pieces? Who thought it was funny?"