I know that their plots only resemble each other but they also have a few similar scenes. Was this resemblance only in the degree of an homage or did the director, producer, writers or any other people had some kind of a goal to make a version of Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) on their mind when they were planning for Due Date (2010)?
Todd Phillips, the director of Due Date has stated that he grew up on John Hughes (writer and director of Planes, Trains and Automobiles) movies:
“I’d like to say I grew up on Preston Sturges,” says “Old School” director Todd Phillips. “But I truly grew up on Ivan Reitman and John Hughes.
Phillips also expresses his love for Planes, Trains and Automobiles:
Hughes’ 1987 Steve Martin-John Candy comedy, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Phillips says, “is one of the greatest comedies of all time.”
The fact that Todd Phillips has stated that Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one of the greatest comedies of all time is an obvious reason for wanting to pay homage to the movie.