Fletch may indeed live, as the iconic comedic character twice played by Chevy Chase is inching ever-closer to a long-in-the-making revamp with the apparent casting of a lead in the title role.
THR reports that Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take on the role of I.M. “Fletch” Fletcher, the sardonic investigative reporter that Chase played in 1985’s Fletch and 1989’s Fletch Lives. Warner Bros. has been attempting to relaunch the franchise since 2011, when they picked up the rights to the Gregory McDonald murder mystery book series on which the character is based, though they’ve had a hell of a time getting things moving. THR reports that “after several writers didn’t work out, David List, who reps the McDonald estate and is producing the project with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, stepped in to take crack at it. The draft passed muster with the studio and the producers, attracting Sudeikis, who is now in talks.”
This new film, titled Fletch Won, is (predictably enough, because there could be no other way in this day and age) an origin story, one “described as a gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with McDonald’s novels than the Chase movies.” It is also said to be “hoping to exude a Beverly Hills Cop or Midnight Run vibe.” So, you know, laughs.
Despite the apparent differences between new Fletch and old Fletch, Sudeikis is a solid choice for this kind of role, as Chase’s original spin on the character walked the fine line between cocky and insufferable, with his charm allowing Fletch, who can be kind of a jerk, still feel lovable. Sudeikis has similar chops, which he’s suitably exhibited in films like We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses.
With Sudeikis in talks, Warner Bros. will now launch the search for a director to really get this film moving. Any ideas?
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