Jason Sudeikis in Talks to Star in ‘Fletch’ Reboot For Warner Bros.
A ‘Fletch‘ reboot has been in the works for many, many years with actors like Zach Braff, Jason Lee and Ben Affleck all attached to the role Chevy Chase made famous in the 80s. But, now it could be former ‘SNL’ star Jason Sudeikis who finally brings Irving Fletcher back to the big screen.
For many, many years, Kevin Smith tried to get a ‘Fletch Won’ film made at Miramax, back when Miramax was even a thing. As the story goes, Smith wanted Jason Lee, who at the time had some heat coming off Smith’s films and movies like ‘The Uncool.’ But, Harvey Weinstein wasn’t convinced Lee was a big enough star and pushed for Smith’s other friend, Ben Affleck. Affleck wasn’t interested and Smith briefly flirted with other actors (including Braff) before the project eventually went into turnaround.
Warner Bros. picked up the rights back in 2011 and has been working on a way to jumpstart the stalled project. A few scripts were written, none of them any good. How, after all, do you adapt a film that was made up largely of Chevy Chase improv? Well, the studio has a script that they like enough that they’re going to move ahead with casting and, according to THR, they’re in talks with Sudeikis to take over as Fletch.
Instead of remaking the original, the plan is to adapt one of the Gregory McDonald mystery novels on which the original film was loosely based. This reboot is expected to hew closer to the source material than the 1985 movie and is described as an action-comedy like ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ or ‘Midnight Run.’ (Does it seem weird that they’re trying to modernize an 80s franchise and, in doing so, are comparing it to two other movies that came out in the 80s?)
There is no director attached to the project yet, but once Sudeikis formally signs, they’re expected to begin the search quickly to make ‘Fletch’ his next film.
Though Sudeikis has been part of an ensemble cast in hits like ‘We’re the Millers’ or ‘Horrible Bosses,’ this would be his first time starring in his own movie. He recently wrapped ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jamie Foxx, which will hit theaters this November.