'Fletch' reboot back on track at Warner Bros.

FLETCHImage Credit: Everett CollectionWarner Bros. and production company Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to Gregory Mcdonald‘s Fletch novels. The two companies plan to reboot the long dormant comedy-thriller series in collaboration with David List, who manages the literary estate of the late Mcdonald.

This is not the first attempt to revive the franchise, which helped make a movie megastar out of Chevy Chase when he first played investigative reporter I.M. Fletcher in 1985′s Fletch (a sequel, Fletch Lives, followed in 1989). Way back in 1997, Kevin Smith showed an interest in making a third Fletch film, with Chase. Since then, various of directors and stars have, at various times, been attached to the project, including Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. You can read the full story of this byzantine saga below.

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  • Mr. Holloway

    Would Chevy’s “Community” co-star Joel McHale just be too on-the nose?

    • JLyman

      I’m with you… I’ve been banging the “Joel McHale” drum for quite some time now…

  • Walrus

    Ryan Reynolds would seem to fit the bill on this one. Jason Lee was attached to Kevin Smith’s script, but he’s more of a TV star now.

  • Stephanie T.

    Personally I do not understand why a third needs to be made but if so, Ryan Reynolds is the only person that’s the logical choice.

  • Underhill Account

    Chevy Chase cannot be replaced for this role. He is Fletch. The boycott starts now.

  • Elle

    I say Zachary Levi should take on the role. He was great as a jerk on Less Than Perfect so he could do it.

    • Tricia

      YES! Sweet, bumbling, handsome and humble. Ideal!

  • Underhill Account

    Would you replace Bill Murray as Venkman or Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy. Chase is Fletch.

  • V

    Good choices! I thought about Ryan Reynolds the minute I saw “Fletch reboot”! But Joel Hale and Zachary Levi are both good possibilities as well.

  • Ashley

    I love Fletch the way it it. What possible reason do they have in remaking the film? Ryan Reynolds probably has the role on lock, though he’ll just phone it in.

  • Daniel F

    Hollywood, stop trying to make FLETCH happen! It’s never going to happen!

  • Irwin M. Fletcher

    Smith was the only one with the right idea so far – don’t remake the movie, do the original books as they were meant to be. Chevy’s movie is a classic, but it was very loosly based on some really fantastic novels. Chevy was deffinitely on the spot with the character, but the story was far from the masterpiece Macdonald wrote.

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