The classic Chevy Chase comedy returns.
A modern-day reboot of Fletch is in the works, and Jon Hamm is set to star as the investigative reporter that was originally played by Chevy Chase in the 1985 original, as well as the sequel, Fletch Lives. The project was unveiled by Miramax and will be based on the second book in Gregory McDonald 1970s and 1980s mystery series, “Confess Fletch.” As the story goes, Fletch finds himself in a prime suspect in a chain of murders, and while on a quest to prove his innocence, he must find his fiancée’s stolen art collection. Fletch is a quick-witted reporter who takes on multiple disguises and alter egos to get to the bottom of a story.
Along with playing the lead role, Hamm, best known for Mad Men, will produce alongside manager and producer Connie Tavel. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland and Arrested Development) was appointed director, and the script is being written by Zev Borrow. David List will be the executive producer for the film.
The original Fletch film, directed by Michael Ritchie and released by Universal, earned $59 million at the box office on an $8 million budget, while Fletch Lives, released in 1989, brought in $39 million on the same budget amount.