Jason Sudeikis is in serious talks to play Irwin M. Fletcher (a.k.a. John Cocktolstoy, a.k.a. Dr. Rosenrosen, a.k.a. Arnold Babar) in Fletch Won, based on Gregory McDonald’s novels about a smooth-talking journalist. Chevy Chase starred in a hit 1985 comedy (as well as a less beloved 1989 sequel), but reviving the character has been a long and torturous ordeal. Now, Warner Bros., which acquired the rights to the character in 2011, has approved a script from the man who’s been guiding the project for more than 14 years: David List, a former literary agent, the late McDonald’s former manager, and first-time screenwriter.
“The project was in limbo,” says List. “It required someone to just completely rethink what the project is, and I came up with just a whole new take. It’s a real origin story. Most people never knew this, because they’re more familiar with the original film, but the tone of Greg’s novels was much grittier. A bit darker. Edgier. I wanted to go back to that.”
Okay, but the real question is: In 2014, who exactly is I.M. Fletcher? READ FULL STORY