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    Default On the Brighter Side...Fletch Is Back!

    On the brighter side...finally, after 30+ years of development hell....it won't be the same without Chevy but:

    https://variety.com/2020/film/news/f...mm-1234707111/

    ‘Fletch’ Reboot With Jon Hamm in the Works

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    A modern-day reboot of “Fletch” is in the works, with Jon Hamm set to star as the quick-witted investigative reporter character originally played by Chevy Chase in 1985’s “Fletch” and its sequel “Fletch Lives.”

    The project, unveiled Wednesday by Miramax, is based on the second book in Gregory McDonald series, “Confess Fletch.” In a mysterious chain of events, Fletch finds himself in the middle of multiple murders — one of which pins him as a prime suspect. While on a quest to prove his innocence, Fletch is tasked with finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

    Hamm will also produce alongside manager/producer Connie Tavel. Greg Mottola, whose credits include “Superbad,” “Adventureland” and “Arrested Development,” will direct from a script by Zev Borrow. David List will executive produce the film.

    “Fletch’s duration over audiences — whether told on paper or the big screen — entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what twenty-first century twist these artists create,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block.

    Michael Ritchie directed 1985’s “Fletch,” which also starred Tim Matheson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Geena Davis and Joe Don Baker. It earned $59 million at the box office on an $8 million budget. “Fletch Lives,” released in 1989, took in $39 million on an $8 million budget.

    “Producing this film with Jon has been a long-time dream of mine and with Zev and Greg on board to write and direct, I really believe that this will be an exciting and modern reimagining of this beloved character,” said Tavel.

    Hamm, best known for “Mad Men,” was last seen in “Richard Jewell.” He is repped by CAA, Forward Entertainment, and attorney David Weber. Mottola is repped by UTA."
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    I think he'll do a hell of a job, but still wish it was Ryan Reynolds or Krasinksi, who were among the many considered since about 1996 when this all started. Yep, the summer of '96 when the original VH and Fletch were back! For about a week...
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    Yep. Fletch fans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Yep. Fletch fans.
    Lest I repeat DD, are there a lot of Fletch fans?

    I mean, I've seen the original movie and thought it was entertaining, but Chevy Chase kind of made the movie as that was when he was really at his peak.

    I guess I've just been going through life completely unaware of a large undercurrent of Fletch fandom.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    It was a great book series with tons of fans..great source material

    There have been some really great book series that should have made great movie series but failed and this in my opinion was one.

    I was not a fan of the Chevy Chase film but I think Hamm will get the tone right, Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski could have also gotten it right. But for some weird reason I was rooting for Jeremy Renner because I think his comic side has not been fully explored but I liked him in an old TV series that was a dark comedy "The Unusuals"


    Now if they would just bring back the VI Warshawski book series that Kathleen Turner ruined as a movie way back when. God what a great great character for a woman. Sandra Bullock should have played her years ago but now.....Oh if Rhonda Rousey could only act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Is anyone really itching for this?
    I may have had an itch for this...30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Lest I repeat DD, are there a lot of Fletch fans?

    I mean, I've seen the original movie and thought it was entertaining, but Chevy Chase kind of made the movie as that was when he was really at his peak.

    I guess I've just been going through life completely unaware of a large undercurrent of Fletch fandom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    It's got a pretty sizeable cult following.
    People seem to not know there are numerous Fletch novels and just consider The Chevy Chase movies as all there is.

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    Loved the original. Won’t watch the remake.
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    Nothing against Hamm (nor Chase for that matter).......


    There was only one Fletch flick, and that was the first. Even "Lives" fell below the mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    Loved the original. Won’t watch the remake.
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    This will be a bigger bomb than VH III.
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    Hamm is funny. This might be decent.

    They have to keep the theme music, though.

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    There's been like 3 remakes in the history of movies that have been worth a shit.

    This certainly won't be one.

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