Jon Hamm has signed on to star in a planned reboot of the Chevy Chase movie ‘Fletch’ at Miramax.
Hamm is set to take on the role of the quick-witted investigative reporter played by Chase in the 80’s movie.
Based on the second book in the Gregory McDonald series, “Confess Fletch.” In a mysterious chain of events, Fletch finds himself in the middle of multiple murders — one of which pins him as a prime suspect. While on a quest to prove his innocence, Fletch is tasked with finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
Greg Mottola will direct from a script by Zev Borrow. Hamm will also produce alongside manager/producer Connie Tavel.
Released in 1985, ‘Fletch’ is a neo-noir comedy thriller film directed by Michael Ritchie and written by Andrew Bergman. The film starred Tim Matheson, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Geena Davis and Joe Don Baker and was a hit at the box office and with critics. The film focused on Los Angeles Times reporter Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher (Chevy Chase), who is offered a large sum of money to kill a millionaire (by the millionaire himself) who supposedly has a terminal cancer prognosis. Fletch becomes suspicious when he discovers the man is not ill; when he continues to investigate, his life is threatened.
In 1989, the movie got a sequel ‘Fletch Lives’ which wasn’t as well received.