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Fletch reboot gains heat and a writer at Warner Bros.

05.20.2011

Chevy Chase has certainly made some funny movies over the years - CADDYSHACK, VACATION and THREE AMIGOS! among them - but for me, FLETCH was the quintessential Chevy Chase movie. Clark Griswold was very much a character and Ty from CADDYSHACK was great but he was a part of a larger comic ensemble (and right or wrong, that film may be more remembered for Bill Murray's Carl Spackler). FLETCH was just Chevy being Chevy. He was the lead and doing what he does best; the cocky smart-ass always ready with a quick one-liner.

It's because of that I never really agreed with the idea of a FLETCH remake (or reboot or whatever) because so much of the success of that movie was due to Chase (as he'll happily tell you, he improvised the vast majority of his comedic lines). But Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film back in February and is looking to make good on their purchase.

They've hired David Mandel, former "Seinfeld," "SNL" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" writer, to work on a new script based on Gregory McDonald's novel. Mandel recently wrote Sacha Baron Cohen's THE DICTATOR and previously worked on EUROTRIP (which he also co-directed).

There's no idea yet what director this film plans to go in but really whatever plot there is won't be as highly scrutinized as who they get to replace Chevy Chase. Joel McHale, Chase's co-star on "Community," seems to be a popular suggestion but he's never led a movie before. Do you have any other suggestions?

Source: THR

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11:57AM on 08/29/2013

Chevy Chase

The only way this works is with Chevy Chase reprising the role.
The only way this works is with Chevy Chase reprising the role.
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9:34PM on 06/23/2012
so this article was wriiten over a year ago. Any news on the project now? I can't really see anyone taking over Chevy's role. Maybe we could have Chevy keep his role, and the film could focus on his son who is now working as a newspaper writer. He and his son could both get into hijinks together.
so this article was wriiten over a year ago. Any news on the project now? I can't really see anyone taking over Chevy's role. Maybe we could have Chevy keep his role, and the film could focus on his son who is now working as a newspaper writer. He and his son could both get into hijinks together.
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6:56PM on 05/23/2011

Crap

I suggest they pass on it, there is no reason to remake a movie that no one can fill the part of the main character for. Leave it alone Hollywood.
I suggest they pass on it, there is no reason to remake a movie that no one can fill the part of the main character for. Leave it alone Hollywood.
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1:49PM on 05/22/2011
the whole point of Fletch was to showcase Chevy's ability to improvise. Thats what made The original film so great. Rebooting it makes absolutely no sense. Pass...
the whole point of Fletch was to showcase Chevy's ability to improvise. Thats what made The original film so great. Rebooting it makes absolutely no sense. Pass...
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12:53PM on 05/21/2011

I dunno

I'll throw something crazy out there. Why not the guy who played Ahbed in Comunity for the reboot
I'll throw something crazy out there. Why not the guy who played Ahbed in Comunity for the reboot
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12:31AM on 05/21/2011
I still call any nondescript car an "Oldsmobuick".
I still call any nondescript car an "Oldsmobuick".
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7:35PM on 05/20/2011

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At one time, wasn't Jason Lee attached to play Fletch? Of course, this was back when Kevin Smith was in talks to write/direct... Still, JL is more Chevy-like than Joel McHale.
At one time, wasn't Jason Lee attached to play Fletch? Of course, this was back when Kevin Smith was in talks to write/direct... Still, JL is more Chevy-like than Joel McHale.
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4:56PM on 05/20/2011
It has to be McHale, he's the perfect person to have the quips and the arrogance and th-MOOOOON RIVER!

It has to be McHale, he's the perfect person to have the quips and the arrogance and th-MOOOOON RIVER!

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2:43PM on 05/20/2011

Fletch Won please...

Im somewhat obsessed with Chevy and Fletch especially, so i would love another flick, but no point redoing it. Having read Fletch Won 3 times, i can easily say that it a great way to introduce the character. As for replacements... McHale, Reynolds, guy from chuck etc. It needs to be right. Ever seen a spleen that large?
Noo, not since breakfast.
Im somewhat obsessed with Chevy and Fletch especially, so i would love another flick, but no point redoing it. Having read Fletch Won 3 times, i can easily say that it a great way to introduce the character. As for replacements... McHale, Reynolds, guy from chuck etc. It needs to be right. Ever seen a spleen that large?
Noo, not since breakfast.
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2:11PM on 05/20/2011

Classic

The original is a classic that will never be topped.
If the have to choose someone, I'd go with Zachery Levi, he has a Chevy quality about him, he could pull it off.
The original is a classic that will never be topped.
If the have to choose someone, I'd go with Zachery Levi, he has a Chevy quality about him, he could pull it off.
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2:04PM on 05/20/2011

Extra Tidbit: Zach Braff?

I thought Zach Braff was already pegged for this?

Not that I think this could possibly work, no matter who you get to play Fletch!
I thought Zach Braff was already pegged for this?

Not that I think this could possibly work, no matter who you get to play Fletch!
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6:23PM on 05/20/2011
He was attached when Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs) was going to direct.
He was attached when Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs) was going to direct.
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