There’s a Fletch reboot in the works.
Since as early as 1997, there have been attempts to make another Fletch films. Back then, Kevin Smith was trying to make one starring original Fletch Chevy Chase, before eventually trying to reboot the franchise entirely starring Jason Lee. But that version was eventually abandoned. And now it sounds like there’s another attempt to bring Irwin Fletcher back to life.
It’s been announced that Jon Hamm has been tapped to play Fletch in a new film. The film will be set in the modern day, and be based upon the second book in Gregory McDonald’s book series, Confess Fletch. In the book, Fletch inadvertently finds himself in the middle of a bunch of murders, with him looking like the prime suspect. This leads him to prove his innocence while also on a quest to find his fiancée’s stolen art collection.
Greg Mottola (Superbad) will direct the film, with a script by Zev Borrow. Hamm and Connie Tavel will serve as producers, with Miramax serving as the studio behind it.
“Fletch’s duration over audiences — whether told on paper or the big screen — entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what twenty-first century twist these artists create,” Bill Block, CEO of Miramax, said in a statement.
“Producing this film with Jon has been a long-time dream of mine and with Zev and Greg on board to write and direct, I really believe that this will be an exciting and modern reimagining of this beloved character,” said producer Connie Tavel.
With the 1985 film being so closely identified with Chevy Chase, there are some big shoes to fill. But if anyone can pull this off, we’d imagine it’d be Jon Hamm.