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Zach Braff is Fletch?

Published July 26, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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The idea of bringing Fletch back to the big screen has been talked about for ages. Names such as Kevin Smith have popped in and out of the rumor mill as choices to produce and direct. It just so happens that the name that will lift the franchise up again is new and not expected.

Bill Lawrence to Direct Fletch Won

According to Variety, The Weinstein Company, who has been working on getting the project off the ground for some time, has picked up Bill Lawrence to direct Fletch Won. Since you might be asking yourself who is Lawrence, you might as well assume that this film will be his directing debut. Don't fret, however, as Lawrence has already found success as creator-exec for the hit series Scrubs.

Lawrence will write the script for a film being set up as a prequel to the 1985 pic Fletch, which starred Chevy Chase. Though no casting decisions have been made, plan is for Lawrence to direct the pic in April, when his NBC series goes on hiatus.

No casting decisions just yet, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few ideas floating around. Why not Zach Braff? He has had previous experience with Lawrence on the set of Scrubs and he will also be able to enjoy the hiatus.

I like it!

Don't get too excited for Braff just yet, as it is I who am making some easy, and early, assumptions.

Lawrence, who was also a writer on Friends and co-creator of Spin City, has always been a big fan of Irwin Fletcher and jumped on the chance to work on the character's origin story. Fletch Won is a prequel and will follow the early days of Fletch's career as a junior reporter at the News-Tribune.

Stay tuned for updates.

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