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Fletch still lives, and will be "re-imagined"

Feb. 1, 2011by:

Ever since he broke the big story of Bibleland two decades ago, investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher has had a difficult time finding another case to crack on the big screen.

Now Warner Bros. will give the wisecracking master of disguise another chance to snoop around -- the studio has grabbed the rights to Gregory McDonald's FLETCH novels.

According to Heat Vision: "No writer or director is on board, but Warners and the producers are aiming for a reimagining, not a remake, and hope to make an smart action comedy that plays out on a bigger canvas than the previous movies."

There have been numerous attempts over the years to bring the character back to screens in some form (prequel, sequel or remake), with actors like Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, Joshua Jackson and even Chris Tucker (guh) named as possible replacements for Chevy Chase. (Like they could.)

Kevin Smith struggled for ages to get the project going, and the Weinsteins once tried to throw together a quick cheapie just to retain the rights (as they've done with the HELLRAISER and CHILDREN OF THE CORN properties).

Extra Tidbit: And a steak sandwich.
Source: Heat Vision

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7:56AM on 02/03/2011

yes very good.... I'll take a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich! LOL!

Yea my vote is Ryan Renyolds or Jason Lee. It's gonna be really hard to replace the great Chevy Chase though! They need to give Chevy a cameo. Make him the dad of the main actor or something!
Yea my vote is Ryan Renyolds or Jason Lee. It's gonna be really hard to replace the great Chevy Chase though! They need to give Chevy a cameo. Make him the dad of the main actor or something!
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2:29AM on 02/03/2011
Ryan Reynolds for Fletch!
Ryan Reynolds for Fletch!
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12:48AM on 02/03/2011

Well

This can only end in tears.
This can only end in tears.
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8:19PM on 02/02/2011
re-imaged into a piece of shit, all those actors are terrible. WB what are you thinking!!!
re-imaged into a piece of shit, all those actors are terrible. WB what are you thinking!!!
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6:30PM on 02/02/2011
Republish the Fletch novels instead. The first Fletch movie is memorable but the sequel...meh.
Republish the Fletch novels instead. The first Fletch movie is memorable but the sequel...meh.
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10:44AM on 02/02/2011

Let it Die

This is not a good idea. I'm not the biggest Chevy Chase fan, but for what it's worth, nobody today can do what he does and comedies today are nothing like the Fletch films. They basically can't be remade, which is why this project keeps falling apart. So just stop trying, admit that this was an era and star specific hit and move on with all those original scripts you guys have laying around the office. A franchise is only as good as the latest sequel so if this one sucks then the Franchise
This is not a good idea. I'm not the biggest Chevy Chase fan, but for what it's worth, nobody today can do what he does and comedies today are nothing like the Fletch films. They basically can't be remade, which is why this project keeps falling apart. So just stop trying, admit that this was an era and star specific hit and move on with all those original scripts you guys have laying around the office. A franchise is only as good as the latest sequel so if this one sucks then the Franchise will die.
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9:02AM on 02/02/2011
WB Exec - "Reimagining means it will be nothing like the original Fletch movie. In fact, I have no idea why we are going to call it Fletch other than to get fans of the original into the theater only to piss them off that we duped them into watching a film that is not Fletch and was never intended to be Fletch."
WB Exec - "Reimagining means it will be nothing like the original Fletch movie. In fact, I have no idea why we are going to call it Fletch other than to get fans of the original into the theater only to piss them off that we duped them into watching a film that is not Fletch and was never intended to be Fletch."
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7:42AM on 02/02/2011

Familar song..

How come I could hear Chevy singing "Moon River" in my head while I read this? Wierd.
How come I could hear Chevy singing "Moon River" in my head while I read this? Wierd.
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5:07PM on 02/02/2011
yeah, wierd.
yeah, wierd.
4:07AM on 02/02/2011

First "Lethal Weapon," now this.

I gotta say - I'm really disappointed in the new WB brass. These guys seem like real cash-grab assholes... raping properties left and right. Hey, Execs? I got an idea - bear with me here because this is something "original"... How about you buy some NEW ideas from some NEW writers!!!!!
I gotta say - I'm really disappointed in the new WB brass. These guys seem like real cash-grab assholes... raping properties left and right. Hey, Execs? I got an idea - bear with me here because this is something "original"... How about you buy some NEW ideas from some NEW writers!!!!!
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2:48AM on 02/02/2011

True dat John Matrix

Fletch was easily Chevy Chase's finest hour
Fletch was easily Chevy Chase's finest hour
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2:07AM on 02/02/2011
Re-imagined, remake, same difference!

Truth is, I don't think I would mind a new Fletch movie.
Now I'm sure all the Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell will be tossed around, and with good reason I might add. But NO ONE could replace Chevy Chase!
Re-imagined, remake, same difference!

Truth is, I don't think I would mind a new Fletch movie.
Now I'm sure all the Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell will be tossed around, and with good reason I might add. But NO ONE could replace Chevy Chase!
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12:01AM on 02/03/2011
I have to say I also hate the phrase 'same difference.' Can you say oxymoron?? Just say 'same thing.' : P
I have to say I also hate the phrase 'same difference.' Can you say oxymoron?? Just say 'same thing.' : P
1:44AM on 02/02/2011
Joel McHale For Fletch! That is all.
Joel McHale For Fletch! That is all.
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10:46PM on 02/01/2011
So they're trying in a more of a Get Smart approach?
So they're trying in a more of a Get Smart approach?
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10:43PM on 02/01/2011

The term is an insult

to my intelligence... also an insult, period.
to my intelligence... also an insult, period.
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10:38PM on 02/01/2011
I HATE the term 're-imagining' -- it's clearly become a mere euphemism for 'remake'... or 'updating.' : P
I HATE the term 're-imagining' -- it's clearly become a mere euphemism for 'remake'... or 'updating.' : P
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