When the big screen version of “Starsky and Hutch” began gearing up for production, Vince Vaughn was one of the actors rumored to be playing the role Det. Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, made famous by David Soul. It was later announced that be Owen Wilson who will play against Ben Stiller’s Starksy, so the Vaughn talk was silenced. Director Todd Phillips must have had a good time working with Vaughn on “Old School,” as the two will team again when shooting begins April 9. Vaughn now plays the bad guy in this 1970’s set action picture.
The storyline provided by recent casting calls say “Bay City cops Starsky and Hutch have contrasting styles that prove to be an unbeatable combination when they are partnered in a murder investigation that leads them to uncover a major drug operation by innovative entrepreneur Reese Feldman.” It is this role of Feldman which Vaughn recently signed on for, and it appears Vaughn will have plenty of fun with the role.
As we reported in an earlier story, Reese is described as “a lanky and funny badass.” As a Harvard student, he headed an on-campus drug operation. Shifting to today, Reese owns an investment company that is a front for a nefarious cocaine operation, and will do anything to protect his investment – including commit murder. In addition to a wife and a twelve year old daughter, Reese will also have a young and sexy Asian mistress who helps with his drug operations.
Warner Brothers and Dimension Films have teamed up to bring this high-budget, high-concept idea to life. Look for the film to hit theatres sometime in Spring 2004.
“Starsky and Hutch” Scorecard”
Director: Todd Phillips
Writers: Scot Armstrong and Todd Phillips, based on original idea by Stevie Long and John O’Brien
Producers: Stuart Cornfeld, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche
Casting Directors: Juel Bestrop, Jeanne McCarthy
Production Companies: Dimension Films, Red Hour Productions, Warner Brothers
Production start date: April 9, 2003
Shooting locations: Los Angeles