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Jason Sudeikis in talks for 'Fletch.' But who is Fletch in 2014?

Jason Sudeikis is in serious talks to play Irwin M. Fletcher (a.k.a. John Cocktolstoy, a.k.a. Dr. Rosenrosen, a.k.a. Arnold Babar) in Fletch Won, based on Gregory McDonald’s novels about a smooth-talking journalist. Chevy Chase starred in a hit 1985 comedy (as well as a less beloved 1989 sequel), but reviving the character has been a long and torturous ordeal. Now, Warner Bros., which acquired the rights to the character in 2011, has approved a script from the man who’s been guiding the project for more than 14 years: David List, a former literary agent, the late McDonald’s former manager, and first-time screenwriter.

“The project was in limbo,” says List. “It required someone to just completely rethink what the project is, and I came up with just a whole new take. It’s a real origin story. Most people never knew this, because they’re more familiar with the original film, but the tone of Greg’s novels was much grittier. A bit darker. Edgier. I wanted to go back to that.”

Okay, but the real question is: In 2014, who exactly is I.M. Fletcher? READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play futuristic contract killer-turned-protector; Plus Tom Hardy, Melissa Leo, Chevy Chase, more

• Denzel Washington devotedly protected Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire. Now he’s signed on to a new project that will have him protecting a child, though this time in a near future big city setting. The film is Shovel Ready, an adaptation of the yet-to-be-released debut novel of New York Times journalist Adam Sternbergh. Here’s how Deadline’s report described the plot: “In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.” The novel hits shelves on Jan. 14, 2014. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey rumored for next Nolan project; Plus, a 'Vacation' reunion, B.J. Novak in 'Spider-Man 2', more

• Matthew McConaughey may have been offered the lead in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar. As with any Nolan project, details are being kept tightly under wraps, but this project has been floating around for years. The story is based on the works of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who posited, among other things, that wormholes can be used for time travel. Nolan’s brother Jonathan (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) wrote the script, and they’ve already set a release date for November 7, 2014. As for McConaughey, if the reports are accurate, it seems like it would be a no-brainer. [Deadline]

• Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are in early talks to play the Griswolds once more in an upcoming Vacation reboot. In the film, Ed Helms would play Rusty, who is attempting to take his own family on a road trip. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein — the team who wrote Horrible Bosses — penned the script and also plan to direct the project, which also stars Christina Applegate. Chase and D’Angelo’s roles are reportedly small. [Variety]

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'Vacation' reunion: Chevy Chase and the original Griswolds get back together -- VIDEO

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We found out, long ago, it’s a long way down the holiday road.

It’s just difficult to believe how long ago that was.

Nearly 30 years have passed since National Lampoon’s Vacation sent Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall on the Griswold family’s ill-fated trek to Wally World. The kids were replaced for each of the sequels, but now the original clan is back together for EW’s annual Reunions issue.

Cousin Eddie, unfortunately, remains at large.

Check out video of the dysfunctional movie-family’s reunion.

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'Horrible Bosses' writers preparing for 'Vacation'

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who penned the summer comedy Horrible Bosses, are in talks to direct their script for a new Vacation film, New Line confirms. Chevy Chase starred in the original franchise, about a well-meaning father and husband whose elaborate plans for quality family-time always fell far short of his own expectations.

Daley, best known from his work on Bones, and Goldstein have never directed a feature before, but their pitch to New Line executives, Variety initially reported, led the studio and producer David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) to begin talks about putting the duo behind the camera.

It’s unclear whether Chase would have any role in the new film.

Read more:
‘Vacation’ sequel: Does it need a link to the original?

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