Fletch comes back to life
Fletch, one of the top 10 comedies in the 80s, is about to get new life in the idea-starved movie biz. A prequel about the wisecracking journalist is in the works, with Zach Braff ("Garden State") targeted to play the role made famous by Chevy Chase.
According to E! Online, the movie would be based on a 1985 novel, Fletch Won, by Gregory Mcdonald, who wrote nine Fletch novels. The movie series stopped after one two versions though -- a screeching stop after 1989's stinkfest Fletch Lives, which -- in all fairness -- wasn't based on a Mcdonald book.
The new script centers on young Irwin Fletcher as a junior reporter solving his first murder case.
Here's the important question: Can Zach step into Chevy's shoes and do a credible job without disappointing the hard-core 80s fans who loved the first flick? Tough one. Thankfully, this is a prequel, so even if Braff turns in a less-than-brilliant job, he'd still outshine Hayden Christensen's wet-cardboard performance in the Star Wars prequels.