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Grab the kids, pack the bags and strap grandma to the roof, because it's almost time to take another 'Vacation.'

Yes, according to Variety, New Line Cinema is preparing to re-launch the beloved 'Vacation' franchise, which last hit theaters back in 1997 with 'Vegas Vacation.' But while what happened in Vegas apparently stayed in Vegas -- the film limped home with a tiny $36 million box office haul -- New Line apparently believes now is the time to give the franchise a new start, one that will shift the focus from Clark Griswold to his now-grown son Rusty. Grab the kids, pack the bags and strap grandma to the roof, because it's almost time to take another 'Vacation.'

Yes, according to Variety, New Line Cinema is preparing to re-launch the beloved 'Vacation' franchise, which last hit theaters back in 1997 with 'Vegas Vacation.' But while what happened in Vegas apparently stayed in Vegas -- the film limped home with a tiny $36 million box office haul -- New Line apparently believes now is the time to give the franchise a new start, one that will shift the focus from Clark Griswold to his now-grown son Rusty.

Fear not, though, because while National Lampoon will no longer be involved in the project, Chevy Chase is expected to reprise the role of the family patriarch, now a grandfather. The focus of the film, however, will be on the yet to be cast Rusty, who follows in his father's 'National Lampoon's Vacation' footsteps by planning a cross country outing with his family to visit Wally World before the venerable theme park closes its doors forever.

This re-imagining comes courtesy of New Line house writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who over the last three years have also penned upcoming projects 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Burt Wonderstone' and 'The $40,000 Man' for the studio. And joining them in the role of producer will be 'Wedding Crashers' director David Dobkin.

Still, the talent behind the camera is likely to be of less interest to fans than the talent in front of it, as the misadventures of the Griswold clan have morphed over the years from lowbrow humor into a beloved slice of Americana. Just this week, for example, Chase and co-star Beverly D'Angelo appeared together during the Super Bowl, reprising their 'Vacation' roles for the first time in over a decade during a HomeAway.com commercial.

That high profile gig no doubt played into New Line's decision to announce the reboot this week in order to capitalize on the water cooler buzz. But buzz and nostalgia can only carry a project so far, because, as Clark Griswold once so eloquently put it, fans of the series are on a quest for fun.

And if Dobkin and company can't deliver, well, there's always room for more up on the roof.