Aykroyd just needs to find the right actor to fill John Candy’s shoes in the sequel.
In an interview with THR, 69-year-old comedy icon Dan Aykroyd confirmed that he is planning a sequel to The Great Outdoors with the original director, Howard Deutch.
Written by John Hughes and directed by Deutch, 1988’s The Great Outdoors starred John Candy (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) and Aykroyd as in-laws on a camping trip with their families. With Candy having passed away in 1994, Aykroyd says that The Great Outdoors sequel seems to depend upon finding the right actor to fill the void that Candy’s absence leaves behind.
Aykroyd had to say about the idea:
“Howie Deutch was a really fun director on the picture. He loved handling Candy and me. Howie and I are working on the sequel, called The Great Outlaws. I am looking for the Candy figure. There are some really interesting names, but I can’t say who. Howie and I are tickled to bring back Roman as a Ponzi scheme guy who victimizes a federal agent. Who knows? If I find the right partner…