‘Fletch’ Reboot In The Works With Jon Hamm And ‘Superbad’ Director

Fletch. If you know the name, you’re either a big fan of Chevy Chase movies, or you’ve heard Kevin Smith tell that Fletch reboot story one too many times. Either way, the goofball journo who is basically Chevy Chase boiled down to his hilarious essence, is long overdue for a comeback. So once more with feeling, Fletch Lives!!!

Deadline reports that a reboot of Fletch is in the works, with Jon Hamm set to produce and star. The film will be directed by Greg Mottola, best known for Superbad, Clear History, and Keeping Up with the Joneses, those last two both having featured Hamm. So Mottola and Hamm have a pretty good working relationship already, which they’re going to need if Fletch is going to go off with flying colors.

Fletch is based on the character created by author Gregory Mcdonald, with the new film based on his second book, Confess, Fletch. Fletch, aka Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher, is a journalist and ex-Marine who becomes prime suspect in a murder.

The books led to the popular 1985 film, Fletch, which was punched up with more comedy to better suit star Chevy Chase. A less successful sequel, Fletch Lives, arrived in 1989 using an original story and not one by Mcdonald. There have been numerous attempts to revive the character, including the aforementioned shot by Kevin Smith.

Hamm is a funny dude, and when he’s particularly goofy he sorta reminds me of Chase. This could finally be the combo that brings Fletch back to some semblance of glory.

 

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.