Investigative reporter Fletch will be back on the case.
A new movie adaptation of Gregory Mcdonald’s Fletch mystery novels, which were adapted into two Chevy Chase-starring films in the ’80s, is officially in the works at Miramax. Two-time Golden Globe winner John Hamm will be starring as Fletch in the modern day-set film and will also be attached as producer.
The film is to be directed by Greg Mottola, known for Superbad, Adventureland and Simon Pegg & Nick Frost comedy Paul, and will be written by Lethal Weapon series staff writer and consulting producer Zev Borow.
An adaptation of Confess, Fletch, the second of Mcdonald’s eleven Fletch books, the film will find Fletch trying to prove his innocence after a mysterious chain of events puts him in the middle of multiple murders – one of which pins him as a prime suspect. While attempting to clear his name, Fletch is tasked with finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, the only inheritance she’s acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
“Fletch’s duration over audiences – whether told on paper or the big screen – entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what twenty-first century twist these artists create,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block.
Michael Ritchie (The Golden Child) directed the two Chevy Chase films. The first, Fletch (1985), made just under $US60 million worldwide and was generally well received with critics. The sequel, Fletch Lives (1989), made $US39.4 million at the box office and was met with mixed to poor reviews. There was actually a prequel stuck in development hell for years, with Jason Lee, Ben Affleck and later Zack Braff circling the role of a young Fletch.
Here’s a look back at that first film: