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Warners Plan Fletch Revival
Budget to be charged to the Underhills

02 February 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Investigative reporter and master of disguise IM Fletcher may finally be about to score a new series of screen adventures, with the news that Warner Bros have picked up the rights to Gregory McDonald's Fletch novels.

McDonald wrote a dozen books about the ex-wife beleaguered journalist/sleuth, the first of which was memorably adapted for the screen in 1985 starring Chevy Chase (following abortive attempts to get it going with Burt Reynolds and, of all people, Mick Jagger).

Fletch remains a curious meeting of SNL comedy star vehicle and properly tricky noirish mystery plot involving drug trafficking, police corruption and an unusual murder proposition, all set to a Beverly Hills Cop-ish Harold Faltermeyer score. A modest hit on its release, it's built up a serious cult following over the years.

Given the volume of source material, it ought to have been a series that ran and ran, but it fell at the first hurdle with 1989's Fletch Lives, inexplicably not culled from one of the books, and fatally compromised by a writers strike (though still nowhere near as bad as you may have heard). Two decades of development hell then followed. Harvey Weinstein and Miramax put Kevin Smith on the case of Fletch Won, which percolated for years and saw Smith earmarking the role for either Jason Lee or Ben Affleck. More recently, Scrubs honcho Bill Lawrence tried to get a prequel underway with Zach Braff set to star.

Neither version ultimately got off the ground though, leading to the rights lapse that has now allowed Warners to step in. David List, the manager of McDonald's estate (the author died in 2008), will produce along with Steve Golin (The Beaver), Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Warners' Jesse Ehrman, and the plan is a "reimagining": a "smart action comedy" on a "bigger canvas" than the two Chase outings.

No writers, directors, or potential stars are aboard yet, so watch this space for further developments.

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RE: Warners Plan Fletch Revival
NO! Leave it alone, Chevy Chase is the only Fletch. If Robert Downey Jr were to do it I would be fine maybe Ryan Reynolds because of the similar height and physicality but anyone else no, especially not Zac Galifinakis, there were times in Due Date where I just wanted to throw something at the screen when he was on. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 06:55 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

Sorry Empire, he would NOT be a good choice for Fletch. However, there have been some excellent choices from previous posters. Me? I'm gonna throw Zachary Levi's name into the pot. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 04:44 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

My Name is Fletch
JASON LEE cmon it would be pretty damn cool More

Posted by Hamsterwalt at 20:18 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Ryan Reynolds, Son of Fletch! More

Posted by Zoesweetcharity at 18:57 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Hope they don't go TOO big on the canvas,metaphor thing. And by god I think CRM3 is on to something. I wana see THAT Fletch movie! More

Posted by Snake 4Skin at 15:47 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

I'd make a good Fletch. More

Posted by odddaze at 15:29 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Isn't it customary on this forum ...
... for someone to say 'Nathan Fillion'? I thought that was like the law? More

Posted by Nicky C at 14:59 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Ryan Reynolds - write that down. Also Fletch Lives is really good. More

Posted by angrytapes at 12:58 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Moon River!
Dir:David Gorden Green Fletch:Paul Rudd. Mrs Stanwyk:Kate Hudson. Alan Stanwyk:Tom Hardy. Fletches boss:Danny Mcbride Mr Underhill:Will Ferrell Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as himself. Music:Faltermeyer re-work:BT and Michael Cassette. Yout statutory rights are not affected. Keep Calm-Carry On. More

Posted by CRM3 at 12:51 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

the sequel was better than the first..
ryan reynolds perfect casing More

Posted by bill the butcher at 12:25 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

yes i remember i read that years ago More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 12:21 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Warners Plan Fletch Revival
Ryan Reynolds or Jason Lee More

Posted by Jeff Slammertime at 12:17 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

wasnt zach braff and Bill lawrence from scrubs goign to make it once? More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 12:16 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

is a role that might have been custom-made for Zach Galifianakis. What say you?'m sorry, a guy who's roles so far seem to have all been playing short fat hairy idiots? Erm, I say NO. Loved Chevy in his two movies, but he's far too old for it now. Should have given it to Jason Lee when Kevin Smith wanted to revive the franchise many moons ago. In fact, still give it to Jason Lee. More

Posted by BudBaxter at 11:11 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

I loved the original Fletch with Chevy Chase and can't really see why he couldn't do it again. If not Chevy, then Robert Downey Jr would be perfect as a wise cracking half competant investigator et la Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang! More

Posted by lee_montgomery at 11:03 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

How about just getting Chevy back, if not go for someone who is nothing like Chevy Chase! More

Posted by sdeady at 10:25 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

No!! More

Posted by olirog at 09:15 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

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