After years (perhaps decades) of potential reinvention, a new iteration of Fletch, the private investigator that originated in a series of novels by mystery writer Gregory Mcdonald and immortalized in Michael Ritchie’s terrific movie starring Chevy Chase (and one so-so sequel), is finally here.
Jon Hamm plays Irwin “Fletch”Fletcher, this is for “Adventureland” director Greg Mottola. The trailer is faithful to the original film’s spirit, but it has a noticeable decrease in the wackiness of Chase (we expect there will be fewer half-assed disguises).
Fletch investigates the theft of a painting and makes the new movie. Hamm’s old “Mad Men” costar John Slattery co-stars as Fletch’s boss at the paper, while Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle McLaughlan and Lorenza Izzo also co-star.
The journey to “Confess, Fletch”The story has been long, with Universal (who produced both the original films) and Kevin Smith proposing a third movie with Chase in the 1990s. Chase was reportedly angry with Smith. After Universal had let slip the underlying rights, Miramax, owned by the Weinsteins, appointed Smith as writer/director. Smith’s take, which focused on a younger Fletch in the early days of his investigative journalism career, called “Fletch Won,”Jason Lee would have been the title character.
After Smith “Scrubs”Creator Bill Lawrence saw the project as a possible feature director debut with Zach Braff leading. He actually signed up for the project in 2006. Two movies. Steve Pink took over the role of Lawrence in 2007. The project then went to Warner Bros. followed by Relativity Media. By 2018 Relativity was bankrupt, the rights returned to a now-Weinstein-free Miramax and by 2020 this new version of the movie, with Mottola, Hamm and Paramount on board to tackle the movie’s unique distribution.
“Confess, Fletch”It will be limited theatrically and available digitally on September 16. The film will premiere on Showtime Oct. 28. It should also be available digitally on Paramount+ and Showtime App sometime afterwards.