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Chevy Chase Gets in ‘Time Machine’, Plans Visit to ‘Fletch’

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It’s hard to say when Chevy Chase was last funny on the silver screen. He’s had a few moments, mostly on the popular geek property Chuck, on the small tube, but he hasn’t really done much in the way of cinematic hilarity since well, the nineties.

But all that might possibly not really change in the near future, as Chase is eying several projects on the horizon that may give him a little lift back into the world of being funny. Up first, according to THR, is the Steve Pink-directed time-travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, which follows a group of unsatisfied guys who get thrown back to their younger days in 1987 via their jacuzzi.

Chase will play a mysterious repairman who dispenses pearls of wisdom and may or may not be behind the metaphysical road trip. Wait a second, spoiler alert? I don’t know if you’ve seen Christopher Walken in Click or not, but I think that innocent little synopsis just told us more than we need to know about Chase’s character. But I digress…

The THR report also includes some new/old information about the SNL alum’s possible desire to revisit one of his most iconic characters, sharp-witted investigative reporter Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, who first appeared on screen in 1985. According to a report, there is a script floating around at The Weinstein Co. that has caught the eye of Chase, but beyond that no wheels have been set in motion. As you may note, a relaunch of the Fletch franchise has been in the works for quite some time — with names such as Zach Braff and Kevin Smith coming and going along the way — so its likely that this is just another one of those “it could be fun” situations. And as I said earlier, Chase doesn’t have a lot going on lately — why wouldn’t he sign on for a role in a new Fletch movie?

Hot Tub Time Machine will also star John Cusack and Rob Corddry. It is scheduled for a February 2010 release.

What would you think about Chevy Chase going back for more Fletch?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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