Harold Faltermeyer better start stretching those fingers again because Fletch is back. Relativity Studios and Boies/Schiller Film Group are looking to reboot the series and they’re eyeing star Jason Sudeikis to max out Mr. Underhill’s American Express card.
The two parties locked down the rights once Warner Bros. Pictures dropped the franchise. The series is based on the late Gregory Mcdonald’s acclaimed novels about a newspaper reporter named Irwin Maurice Fletcher, aka Fletch, who evades his ex-wives and goes to great albeit comical lengths to uncover the truth.
Writers are currently being sought after for the project, which will likely take it back to the beginning of the story with McDonald’s prequel novel, Fletch Won. Ryan Kavanaugh, Zach Schiller, David List, and John Rickard will all co-produce.
Chevy Chase starred in the first two films — 1985’s Fletch and 1989’s Fletch Lives — which grossed a combined $85 million at the box office. There was talk of him participating in Kevin Smith’s proposed prequel in the early aughts, but that never materialized. However, Chase’s side of the story, which he told to long-running fan site Laker Jim’s Fletch Won.net, is quite a read.
In the meantime…