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ROLE CALL: Catching 'Fletch'

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Kevin Smith, he of "Dogma" and "Clerks" fame, has a new gig. He's volunteered to resuscitate "Fletch," the smart-ass investigator played by Chevy Chase in two late 1980s movies. According to Variety, Smith first discussed doing a "Fletch" flick a few years ago with Universal, but since then the film rights to the character (based on Gregory McDonald's mystery novels) were picked up by Smith's friends at Miramax. Smith's version of "Fletch" will be made under his View Askew production banner.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Sixteen years after "Ghostbusters," director Ivan Reitman is returning to the sci-fi comedy realm with "Evolution," a film wherein the Earth's entire evolutionary process takes place in one month, according to Variety.

LOVE AND BLOODSUCKING: Omar Epps ("Love & Basketball") will play a professor in the upcoming "Dracula 2000," which also stars Christopher Plummer and singer Vitamin C, The Hollywood Reporter says.

GOING FOR GREEN: Seth Green ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") will play a scam artist in "Rat Race," the story of a ruthless money game set in Vegas, the Reporter says. The flick also features Amy Smart and Breckin Meyer, both of "Road Trip" fame.

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