Jon Hamm is all set to produce and feature in Fletch reboot with a 21st-century twist to the journalist character. The 49-year-old will play the investigative reporter M. ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, who was portrayed by Chevy Chase in the classic 1985 movie. In the Chase movies, Fletch is a man of multiple disguises who sought to get to the bottom of a story.
The project will be helmed by director Greg Mottola of Superbad fame. The script is written by Zev Borrow. Hamm will serve as a producer with manager Connie Tavel. It will be distributed by Miramax. Tavel said, “Producing this film with Jon has been a longtime dream and with Zev and Greg on board to write and direct, I really believe that this will be an exciting and modern re-imagining of this beloved character.”
Bill Block, Miramax CEO said, “Fletch’s duration over audiences – whether told on paper or the big screen – entertains all and we could not be thrilled to see what 21st century twist these artists create.”
The new adaptation will be based on the second novel of Gregory McDonald’s book series, ‘Confess, Fletch’. The story sees Fletch caught in a series of murders – with him being the prime suspect in one. While on a quest to prove his innocence, Fletch also has to find his fiancée’s stolen art collection – the only inheritance she’s acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
The first Chase movie Fletch, a Michael Ritchie directorial was released in 1985 and made close to $60 million (at the time) worldwide. The 1989 sequel, Fletch Lives, also directed by Ritchie grossed $39.4M worldwide.