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
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
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.