Is everyone ready for more ’80s nostalgia? Apparently Warner Brothers is banking on it because the company plans on bringing Fletch back to the big screen. The studio has just “pre-emptively picked up the movie rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels” which were notably adapted into two Chevy Chase vehicles in 1985 and 1989, respectively. The new film will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar as well as the manager of McDonald’s estate, David List. There’s currently no writer or director attached to the project, but the aim is to produce a “smart action comedy that plays out on a bigger canvas than the previous movies.” For those who don’t remember the previous Chase films, they center on reporter I. M. Fletcher who sometimes gets in over his head when investigating a story.
There have been a few attempts at reviving the Fletch series over the years, but no one has yet to make it happen. Perhaps most notably, Kevin Smith tried his hand at a script for a prequel with the idea that Jason Lee would star. Later, Zach Braff was attached to star in an alternate script. While those projects failed to gain momentum, perhaps now Warner Bros. will seriously commit. There were 11 mystery novels written by McDonald, so there’s plenty of material available to mine. I guess the question becomes whether a new take on Fletch excites you as a movie-goer. Do you have fond memories of the Chevy Chase films?