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Warner Bros is 'Reimagining' Chevy Chase Detective Comedy 'Fletch'

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February 1, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

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Don't call this a remake, because Warner Bros is simply looking at "reimagining" Fletch, the mystery novel series that was once brought to life by Chevy Chase. Heat Vision has word that WB has preemptively picked up movie rights to the 11-book series of mystery novels by Gregory McDonald. First published in 1974, the story follows a reporter named I.M. Fletcher "who juggles writing exposes while avoiding headaches caused by his two ex-wives." Since the original comedy adaptation was a bit goofy, this new one will apparently be a little smarter with action that plays out on a much larger scale than in the 1985 film and its sequel in 1989.

A new iteration of Fletch has actually been in the works for over ten years with Harvey Weinstein originally starting development at Miramax, continuing at The Weinstein Company. Kevin Smith was once attached to direct the feature titled Fletch Won with talent like Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and even Joshua Jackson, in the running to join the project. However, at this time no writer, director or actors are attached to the project in its latest "reboot" iteration. Therefore, it may be quite a while before we hear any real development on the new adaptation since no script is even written yet. Are you guys interested in the return of Fletch?

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments

1

2 of my favorite chevy chase movies, so if theyre going to do it, do it right

harrison on Feb 2, 2011

2

Agree with harrison - love the Fletch movies. Hope they don't ruin a good thing

Nickforms on Feb 2, 2011

3

I thought they were remaking this with Zach Braff at one point? Whatever happened to that?

Ben on Feb 2, 2011

4

WB will ruin this, there isn't an actor or comedian that can do better than Chevy Chase, leave it alone, come up with original material and stop doing remakes of classic works

andrew on Feb 2, 2011

5

Two words: Jason Lee. That is all.

Peter Sorensen on Feb 2, 2011

6

Jason Lee would be perfect if their goal is to remake the Chevy Chase versions. The books, though, are very different. The humor is much more dry (and dark) rather than slapstick. It could be interesting if they try to be more faithful to the books.

67alecto on Feb 2, 2011

7

great another reboot but this might be good

A5J4DX on Feb 2, 2011

8

I have loved the books for years and a really young Chevy was perfect for them but he was at least ten years too old for the characters by the time the movies happened. The first had a story actually based on one of the books and worked much better for me. But the spirit of them was pretty close. Fletch is the kind of guy a Ryan Reynolds would play so a reboot is welcome news here!

gorillamydreamz on Feb 4, 2011

9

I agree... Jason Lee is totally Fletch!

gorillamydreamz on Feb 4, 2011

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