‘We’re The Millers’ and ‘Horrible Bosses’ star Jason Sudeikis is reportedly in talks to headline Warner Bros’ long-in-development “reimagining” of the ‘Fletch’ franchise.
The project is based Gregory McDonald’s popular mystery novels centred on Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, a Los Angeles-based journalist whose methods are a little unorthodox. Chevy Chase famously played the character in 1985’s Fletch, and its 1989 sequel ‘Fletch Lives.’
McDonald’s eight book in the 11 book series, ‘Fletch Won,’ will be used as the base for the new film with THR hearing that the plan is for “a gritty action comedy” that will stay closer to the source material than the Chase movies.
Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are on board to produce the reboot alongside David List, who wrote the current draft of the script.
Hollywood has toyed with the idea of rebooting the franchise for a number of years now. Back in 2004, Kevin Smith was set to direct a re-launch for powerhouse producer Harvey Weinstein, with the likes of Jason Lee, Ryan Reynolds, and Adam Sandler all rumoured to play the iconic character. ‘Scrubs’ creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff were linked to the reboot back in 2006 but exited the project a year later.