Jason Sudeikis to take lead in Fletch remake

News Simon Brew 11 Mar 2014 - 06:53

The new take on Fletch is finally going ahead, and Jason Sudeikis is set to star in it...

A project that's been on Hollywood's remake radar for a long time now - Kevin Smith was developing it at one stage - has been Fletch. The original proved to be a solid hit, with Chevy Chase in the title role. That was in turn based on the novels by Gregory McDonald.

Mind you, Chase's take on Fletch wasn't too heavily informed by the original novels, but the new Fletch is going to be. It's being developed by producers Steve Golin, Michael Sugar and David List, and they're on the lookout for a director for the film.

It looks like they have their star, though. Jason Sudeikis, off the back of his 2013 hit We're The Millers, has landed the role of Fletch. The project is currently going under the title of Fletch Won, has been set up at Warner Bros, and is being described as a "gritty action comedy".

Grit is the in-thing in Hollywood, it seems.

More news on Fletch Won as we get it. If it hits big, plans are afoot for a comedy franchise here...

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As long as they keep the theme tune I'm sold.

You know, I thought he be good as Fletch while watching We're The Millers.The two Fletch movies with Chevy Chase are great, particularly the first one. I know Kevin Smith was trying to get a reboot off the ground for ages. Sudeikis is a great choice for the role.

I always thought Ryan Reynolds would have been a great Fletch back in the day (Flecth in college is basically Van Wilder), this COULD work, will give it a try

Ha, I was about to post the same thing about Ryan Reynolds until I spotted your comment.

a) The first Fletch movie was incredibly faithful to the novel, actually.

b) The Fletch novels were always "gritty".

why remake a classic?! (well it is to me) i heard dane cook was rumoured at one point, i think id prefer him over sudekis

A few years back, I would've said Reynolds would've been a top choice too. But off the back of a sizable hit like We're The Millers- Sudeikis is a smart choice.

More than likely won't be a remake, more a reboot. There are a number of Fletch books which they could adapt if need be.
And I also consider Chevy Chase's Fletch a classic.

Before I saw Sudekis in We're the Millers, I would have said leave it, no one can top Chevy Chase. Now, however...

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