Vacation TV spin-off The Griswolds in early development at HBO Max
The Big Bang Theory vet Johnny Galecki will executive produce the series.
The actor, who played young Russell “Rusty” Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation opposite Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, is in early development on a Vacation TV spin-off for the HBO Max streaming service, EW has learned.
Funny enough, HBO Max will become the new home to stream episodes of The Big Bang Theory.
The single-camera show is currently titled The Griswolds and will explore the family’s daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago. Tim Hobert, a writer-producer on Community and The Middle, will write the script and executive produce alongside Galecki and Holly Brown.
To reiterate, the series has not been officially ordered just yet and is in the script development stage at this point. As such, it’s unclear if Galecki himself will appear as an actor for the planned series or if any of the original Vacation franchise stars — including Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, and Ed Helms — will return.
Helms portrayed an adult version of Rusty in 2015’s Vacation, which acted as a sequel to the previous movies. Chase and D’Angelo reprised their roles for that film, while Christina Applegate played Rusty’s wife Debbie Griswold.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.