Anne Fletcher On Directing New Comedy 'Hot Pursuit'

Anne Fletcher directed the new comedy ‘Hot Pursuit' about a cop, played by Reese Witherspoon. Who's in charge of protecting a murder witness played by Sofia Vegara.

Fun facts about Anne Fletcher (Source: Wikipedia)

Born Anne Marie Fletcher in Detroit, Michigan, Fletcher lived with her family in the local lakefront suburb of St. Clair Shores, Michigan until her 1984 graduation with honors fromLake Shore High School. Fletcher began taking dance lessons at a local dance studio at age 12 after watching her mother take a dance class. At age 15, she appeared in the local show Salute to the Superstars at the now-defunct Mr. F's Beef & Bourbon dinner club in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Upon graduation, Fletcher moved to Los Angeles, California, where she attained further training and initially worked as a professional dancer. In 1990, Fletcher met Adam Shankman when they were hired to perform as dancers at the upcomingAcademy Awards. Shortly thereafter, Shankman hired Fletcher to become his assistant choreographer; beginning a longtime personal friendship and professional affiliation.

Fletcher worked closely with Shankman both during his career as a choreographer and later as a film director and has credited her collaborations with Shankman for allowing her to both develop her own set of choreographic and film directorial skills and to achieve a similarly successful career path.

In her first film roles, Fletcher appeared as a dancer, including The Flintstones (1994), The Mask (1994), Tank Girl (1995), Casper (1995) and Titanic (1997). Fletcher later developed choreography for the Oscar-nominated drama film Boogie Nights (1997) starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and Heather Graham, in which she also appeared as a dancer, as well as for the comedy film A Life Less Ordinary (1997) with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. After acquiring numerous professional choreographic credits, often in collaboration with Adam Shankman, Fletcher, with encouragement from Shankman, began to consider a directorial career.

Working alongside Shankman, who had now moved from choreography to film direction, on films such as Hairspray (2007 film) and The Wedding Planner, Fletcher acquired the skills, confidence and professional credits to earn a director credit on the 2006 romantic dance film, Step Up (film) starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Panned by critics, the film was well received by film audiences and earned Fletcher a second successful director credit on the popular 2008 romantic comedy film, 27 Dresses, starring Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. Based upon the success of these two initial efforts, Fletcher has since gone onto a successful film directorial career.

'Hot Pursuit' opens in theaters, Friday May 8th

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