Jason Sudeikis Wins? Actor in Talks to Take Over Iconic Role in ‘Fletch Won’

By March 11, 2014
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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.”

Fletch

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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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Kristin T Medina

    YAY! Those were the funniest shows out there! I wonder if it will be as funny without Chevy Chase? I hope so I love those shows.

  • Andrew L Gonzalez

    I’ll bet you this will be a scream! The movies were funny as shit! Dr. Cocktosen? Really! I can’t wait!

  • Christian Champagne

    Bet these will be a far cry from any of the Chevy Chase Fletches which are comic genius! Should not reboot this in my opinion.