Everyone wants to believe that I.M. “Fletch” Fletcher will one day return to the big screen. Gregory McDonald’s series of mystery novels starring the twice-divorced reporter became a thing for the larger community of geeks in the ’80s, when Chevy Chase starred in a pair of more comedy-focused film adaptations. Multiple attempts have been made in the past to revive the character — who can forget the oh-so-appealing Kevin Smith directing/Jason Lee starring combo from several years back? — but they’ve all failed.
Thankfully for fans of Fletch, Hollywood keeps on trying. Warner Bros. is leading the latest charge, with Anonymous Content partners Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, along with McDonald’s estate manager David List, in place to produce. There’s no script, no writer, no director … nothing more than hopes and dreams at this point, really. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the producers plan is for a “smart action comedy that plays out on a bigger canvas than the previous movies.”
It’s a worthwhile hope, the revival of Fletch. He’s a fun character and there are plenty of stories to be mined in McDonald’s 11-volume series. I wish WB and Anonymous the best of luck in finally getting this long overdue return off the ground.
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