Movie File: Jamie Foxx, Michael Mann, ‘Fletch’ Prequel, Jason Statham & More

Foxx, Mann reunite — again; Zach Braff may fill Chevy Chase's shoes; Statham hopes to squeeze in sequels.

Don’t look now, but Jamie Foxx and Michael Mann are developing an Alfred Hitchcock/ Jimmy Stewart-like dependency. They’ve worked together in 2001′s “Ali,” 2004′s “Collateral” and the big-screen adaptation of “Miami Vice” and are planning to reunite again for “Damage Control,” a drama about the perils of the sports-agency business. Now, after promoting “Vice,” they’ll return to the set of a Middle East military drama called “The Kingdom,” directed by Peter Berg and co-starring Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Chris Cooper. “It’s a serious film, produced by Michael Mann,” Foxx said. The flick tells the story of no-nonsense government officials sent to examine a bombing in the war-torn region. “They’re shooting it now; they closed down for a few weeks so Jamie could do [interviews for 'Vice'],” Mann said. The drama is expected in theaters next year. …

Paging Dr. Rosen-Rosen: “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to adapt and direct “Fletch Won,” the long in-development flick that will resurrect sarcastic sleuth Irwin Fletcher. Although the title role hasn’t been cast, the appointment of Lawrence undoubtedly gives momentum to long-simmering rumors that Zach Braff will be taking over Chevy Chase‘s signature role. “[Lawrence's] work on ‘Scrubs’ speaks for itself, and his ideas for adapting ‘Fletch Won’ are hilarious and incredibly smart,” Weinstein Company production co-president Michael Cole said in a statement announcing the film, which will serve as a prequel to the 1986 classic “Fletch.” The film will begin shooting in April 2007 during a “Scrubs” hiatus and will tell the story of a twentysomething Fletch working as a junior reporter at the News-Tribune. “The coolest thing about the ‘Fletch Won’ book is that it’s an origin story,” Lawrence said of the project. “Like ‘Batman Begins,’ I think people will enjoy seeing how Irwin Fletcher became Fletch. Not only can I recite the original ‘Fletch’ movie line-for-line, I actually read all the Greg McDonald books as a kid. Consider me obsessed — I’m going to try as hard as I can not to screw this up.” Braff has stated a desire to play the title role in recent months, citing a similar affection for the “Fletch” movies and Chase’s off-the-wall performances. …

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Jason Statham has two high-profile sequels in various stages of development, but he said he’ll have to keep his action-star skills on the shelf for now. “It’s something that we all want to do and I’d be very happy to do it,” Statham said of “The Brazilian Job,” a follow-up to the 2003 Mark Wahlberg/ Charlize Theron hit “The Italian Job.” “There’s a lot of people that are working a lot — Mark is very busy, Charlize is busy, and who knows if [director F. Gary Gray] can get us all together? It would be fabulous. We had such a great time doing the last one, and we made a great film, and we can do the same again.” Statham said “Transporter 3″ also appears to be somewhere down the road. “That’s another thing we’re gonna have to wait for. It’s one thing at a time with me,” he grinned. “I would definitely be open to that one, sure. I had such a great time doing that one, and we get a lot of kids coming up to me and saying it’s a great film. … I’m not opposed to doing another one.” …

Amber Tamblyn might be best known for pondering weighty issues with the help of her former “Joan of Arcadia” co-star God, but she’s filming a comedy that she hopes will loosen up her image and tap into a cultural zeitgeist. “[Comedies now are] about people wanting to have fun and get back to their roots of being dorky and not caring what they look like and being silly and being fun,” she said. “The film I’m working on now says a lot about that. It’s the women’s version of all those Will Ferrell films and ‘Wedding Crashers.’ ” “Spring Breakdown,” filming now in the Los Angeles area, was written by “Saturday Night Live” funnywoman Rachel Dratch and co-stars Parker Posey and Amy Poehler. The film, which also features Kristin Cavallari of “Laguna Beach” and Sophie Monk, tells the story of three best friends in their 30s (Poehler, Posey and Dratch) trying to overcome their geeky teenage years by partying at spring break. “I think you’re seeing a lot of both women and men wanting to be silly and fun and go back to this child essence.” The flick is due in theaters next year. …

Just two years ago, Steve Carell was a relative unknown on the verge of fame after years of minor film work and appearances on “The Daily Show.” Nobody can say for sure if “Daily” correspondent Rob Corddry has a “40-Year-Old Virgin” in his future too, but the comedian seems headed down the same path, balancing his fake news reports with very real movies like March 2006′s “Blades of Glory,” due in March. “I play a producer of an Ice Capades-type show called Grublets on Ice, and Will Ferrell falls from grace and then I [choose him to] star in my show — and then fire him.” The film co-stars Jon Heder as the fellow Olympian who goes from Ferrell’s rival to his synchronized skating partner. In real life, Heder was taken down by an ankle fracture while skating in the film — a mishap Corddry heard about in a distinctly Hollywood way. “I was actually on a chair lift in Telluride [Colorado], and the guy next to me was writing a movie for Will Ferrell, and he was like, ‘Yeah, Heder broke his ankle. I’m totally getting Will Ferrell!’ Which is how this business works: He was just reveling in someone else’s pain.” Corddry said Heder’s ankle has regained its strength, and the actors will soon get back in front of the cameras to finish their icy performances. “I didn’t get to watch a lot of them skating; there was a lot of faking. They’re not doing the skating until August. This movie will never get finished,” he laughed. “They’re shooting it over the course of seven years.” …

Despite geek hopes to the contrary, super-producer Joel Silver did not have any major announcements to make at the annual California comics conference Comic-Con regarding his upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie. He did say, however, that he expects the flick to develop quickly in the months to come. “Joss Whedon is writing it, and hopefully this year will be the year that we get the script we like, and then next year we can be [at Comic-Con] talking about it,” Silver said. …

Frequently compared to Dakota Fanning, 12-year-old AnnaSophia Robb has a full slate of films on the horizon, including November’s Hilary Swank thriller “The Reaping” and a fantasy film that could have her mining “Narnia”-type territory. “Bridge to Terabithia,” which just finished filming, also features “Zathura” star Josh Hutcherson. “It’s based on the book by Katherine Paterson, and it’s about two young children who create a magical world together in this forest and how they fight their real difficulties in their world and how they fight them in their magical world.” Co-starring Zooey Deschanel and Robert Patrick, the fantasy flick will be directed by “Rugrats” TV veteran Gabor Csupo. “It’s gonna be a fun movie to watch,” Robb promised. “It’s coming out, I think, next President’s Day weekend.”

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