Jason Sudeikis Takes Chevy Chase Role in Comedy Reboot 'Fletch Won'
For years there have been attempted plans to bring back the comedy character Fletch that originated with Chevy Chase in 1985 and even spawned a sequel. Previously Kevin Smith had written a draft of the project called Fletch Won, with the hopes that his frequent collaborator Jason Lee could lead, but that never came to fruition. More recently, several writers have tried to make it work, but to no avail. Now newcomer David List has written a draft that the studio and the film's producers enjoyed, and now "SNL" veteran and We're the Millers star Jason Sudeikis is taking the titular lead role of the investigative reporter I. M. Fletcher.
THR reports this reboot will be Fletcher's origin story, and it'll be a gritty action comedy more in line with the novels by Gregory McDonald that Chase's previous incarnation. The project is described as being in the same vein as Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run, action comedies that were hilarious but also had weight when it came to the danger and intrigue of the plot. Sudeikis seems like the perfect guy to make this work, especially after his success in We're the Millers and Horrible Bosses, the latter of which has a sequel hitting theaters this November. Now a director just needs to be found. Stay tuned.