Thursday, July 27, 2006

Landing 'Fletch'

Bill Lawrence, creator of the consistently funny and enjoyable NBC sitcom “Scrubs,” is on the verge of new territory, having just been tapped to adapt and direct “Fletch Won.” The film will serve as a prequel to the exploits of newspaper reporter and disguise lover Irwin R. Fletcher, memorably played by Chevy Chase in the 1985 original and 1989 sequel.

If you assumed that Chase will not be returning to play Fletch, you would be correct. After all, Chase is now way too old for the role and probably hasn’t had a part this good since ... well, since “Fletch.” So who will be portraying the wisecracking columnist? No official casting decisions have been made. But as I’m sure followers of “Scrubs” know, series star Zach Braff plays a wisecracking doctor on the show and would probably be about the right age. Plus, his boss on that show will also be directing the movie, so this seems like a rather simple connect the dots activity. Filming should start in April 2007, during a “Scrubs” hiatus. So more on this at a later date...

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