Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Trailer For Al Pacino's Salomé
With Jessica Chastain in the really Wilde show
Exclusive: Peter Capaldi On Doctor Who
Plus Empire debuts new Time Lord photoshoot
Paul Greengrass Introduces Agent Storm
Al-Qaeda thriller for Captain Phillips team
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
29 May 2014
Community May Continue On Demand
Five seasons and a Hulu!
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Eurotrip
Empire Star Rating
The Cat in the Hat
Empire Star Rating
National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation
Empire Star Rating
Cops and Robbersons
Empire Star Rating
Memoirs of an Invisible Man
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

David Mandel Writing New Fletch
Warners hires a scribe

22 May 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Back in February, it was announced that Warners Bros. had picked up the rights to Gregory McDonald’s Fletch novels, aiming to get a new take on the character up on screen. Now the studio has a writer in place, hiring Seinfeld veteran (and one of the team behind Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator) David Mandel to start work on the script.

Winning out over several other higher-profile writing types to nab the assignment, Mandel’s job will be to craft a re-imagining of the first Fletch novel rather than a straight remake of the original 1985 Chevy Chase movie. There’s no word on what the plot might be just yet, or whether Mandel will use much of the book’s story beyond the concept, but Warners definitely wants something that plays out on a bigger canvas than either Fletch or the less successful 1989 follow-up, Fletch Lives.

If Mandel cracks it and Warners finds a big name to take on the quick-witted, disguise-happy investigative journalist, there’s potential for a new franchise, especially since McDonald wrote a dozen books. But the path to a fresh Fletch has not been an easy one, with various projects floundering at different studios through the years, including, most famously, Kevin Smith’s abortive attempts to get prequel tome Fletch Won in shape with Jason Lee in the lead.

Now we wait and see where it goes from here…


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Pirates 4 Raids The Box Office
But gets away with less booty this time
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

Explore The Massive Avengers: Age Of Ultron Comic-Con Banner
Use our interactive gadget to zoom in on Hulk, Iron Man, The Vision and co. in action

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

The Empire Podcast #121: Brett Ratner Talks Hercules On This Week's Show
Plus The Purge: Anarchy producer Jason Blum pops in to talk horror

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)