July 27, 2006 08:55:04 GMT
Weinstein Company will make a "Fletch" prequel entitled "Fletch Won" with Bill Lawrence as the helmer.
It has been more than the decade since Chevy Chase's Irwin Fletcher entertained the moviegoers to become everyone's favorite wisecracking, crime-solving investigative journalist so it's no wonder if Weinstein Company feels that it's time for it to bring the character back on screen after all. Yes, the company has announced Wednesday, July 26 that it will make a prequel to the 1985 flick, titled "Fletch Won", with Bill Lawrence to take both jobs as writer and director.
Replacing Kevin Smith who was dropped from the project following the clash of vision between him and producer David List, Lawrence has revealed his intention to stick close to the source material for the movie which is based on Gregory Mcdonald's novel of the same name. In the meantime, this "Scrubs" mastermind seems to be more concerned with casting matters as the man tries to lobby Zach Braff to join the line-up playing the titular role. "Zach is perfect for the role," so he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm going to use all my pull trying to make him do it."
Aimed to begin shooting process by next April, the picture will follow the early days of irreverent fledgling reporter Irwin Fletcher as he attempts to solve his first murder case. The idea to revive the franchise actually has been long developed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein when they were still in Miramax through the recruitment of Smith to originally helm a "Fletch 3" movie which sadly was fizzled before changing plan to make the prequel instead.