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Why haven't we seen a new Fletch movie?

02.15.2010

Disguise-happy investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher might be skilled at sneaking into places, but the movie theater isn't one of them.

There have been many attempts over the years to bring the character back to screens as a prequel, sequel or remake. And a wide variety of people have been involved -- from potential stars like Ben Affleck, Zach Braff and even Joshua Jackson, and directors such as Kevin Smith, "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, and GROSSE POINTE BLANK co-writer Steve Pink.

But nowadays, Fletch can't even get a steak sandwich, nor a steak sandwich. Is the project cursed? Yup!

At least, that's what you'll probably think when you read EW's lengthy investigative report on FLETCH, with fascinating insight into all the behind-the-scenes struggles, outlandish casting ideas (Ellen Degeneres, Dave Chappelle), Smith's endless attempts to make the project with cohort Jason Lee, the Weinsteins trying to slap together a million-dollar cheapie just to retain the rights, and even original star Chevy Chase's take on things.

And 25 years later, a new FLETCH apparently still no closer to reality. Check out the whole mess right HERE. And bill it to the Underhills.

Extra Tidbit: We nearly had a Brett Ratner FLETCH with Chris Tucker starring? Apocalypse averted.
Source: EW

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6:04PM on 02/16/2010

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who really gives a hoot?


I know I don't
who really gives a hoot?


I know I don't
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6:03PM on 02/16/2010

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I know I don't
who really gives a hoot?


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6:02PM on 02/16/2010

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I know I don't
who really gives a hoot?


I know I don't
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6:00PM on 02/16/2010

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who really gives a hoot?


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1:55PM on 02/16/2010
Fletch was agreat film but its sequel Fletch Lives wasn't so great. Now with this rebootmania going on i disagree a new Fletch movie.
Fletch was agreat film but its sequel Fletch Lives wasn't so great. Now with this rebootmania going on i disagree a new Fletch movie.
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11:25AM on 02/16/2010
"Why haven't we seen a new Fletch movie?"

Because there's a God.
"Why haven't we seen a new Fletch movie?"

Because there's a God.
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9:58AM on 02/16/2010

Fletch? Really?

More shit we don't need to waste time on. The Fletch films were good and they're in the past. Just leave them be. Chevy Chase is an asshole anyway. He needs to improve his golf game as well as his snobbish attitude.
More shit we don't need to waste time on. The Fletch films were good and they're in the past. Just leave them be. Chevy Chase is an asshole anyway. He needs to improve his golf game as well as his snobbish attitude.
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6:09AM on 02/16/2010

Zachary Levi

If the do "reboot" fletch (f00king hate the word reboot) then i'd like to see Zachary Levi aka chuck play fletch
If the do "reboot" fletch (f00king hate the word reboot) then i'd like to see Zachary Levi aka chuck play fletch
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5:07AM on 02/16/2010

I love Fletch

Fletch is one of the all time greatest comedies in my opinion. Its hard to see anyone but Chevy in the role.I do think Zachary Levi has the potential to pull it off though.He has the same look and same clumsy ability.
Fletch is one of the all time greatest comedies in my opinion. Its hard to see anyone but Chevy in the role.I do think Zachary Levi has the potential to pull it off though.He has the same look and same clumsy ability.
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6:44AM on 02/16/2010
Doh... didn't see your msg below me, but totally agree with you that Zachary Levi is right to play fletch
Doh... didn't see your msg below me, but totally agree with you that Zachary Levi is right to play fletch
6:02PM on 02/16/2010
"one of the greatest comedies of all time"???

Nurse, we need 1,14 grams of morfine here!
"one of the greatest comedies of all time"???

Nurse, we need 1,14 grams of morfine here!
2:16AM on 02/16/2010
Chevy Chase SUCKS! I am trying to figure out when the last time he made a half way decent movie.
Chevy Chase SUCKS! I am trying to figure out when the last time he made a half way decent movie.
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3:37AM on 02/16/2010
no dude you suck! Chevy may have an ego problem but he's still a funny guy.
no dude you suck! Chevy may have an ego problem but he's still a funny guy.
7:13AM on 02/16/2010
I know it's been a while (21 years ago is the most recent I could come up with), but let me remind you:

Foul Play
Caddyshack
Fletch
Vacation
Christmas Vacation
I know it's been a while (21 years ago is the most recent I could come up with), but let me remind you:

Foul Play
Caddyshack
Fletch
Vacation
Christmas Vacation
6:04PM on 02/16/2010
kudos!
kudos!
2:15AM on 02/16/2010

Chevy Chase

Chase was always known for his ego. It was kinda part of his shtick back in his SNL days, but the castmembers hated him. He was once voted the least-liked member ever (by fellow stars/writers) and got into a fistfight with Bill Murray (who also has a bit of an ego problem, but made a better name for himself later).

I didn't read the article so I don't know if it's detailed here, but a few years ago Chase met with Kevin Smith to discuss the film, and apparently was a huge dick. Smith was
Chase was always known for his ego. It was kinda part of his shtick back in his SNL days, but the castmembers hated him. He was once voted the least-liked member ever (by fellow stars/writers) and got into a fistfight with Bill Murray (who also has a bit of an ego problem, but made a better name for himself later).

I didn't read the article so I don't know if it's detailed here, but a few years ago Chase met with Kevin Smith to discuss the film, and apparently was a huge dick. Smith was completely turned off of working with him.

That being said...I still like him, and I'm glad he's making something of a comeback right now. Despite his issues, he always brought the lolz.

I think Ryan Reynolds should replace him as Fletch. I used to like the idea of Jason Lee, but I think the time has passed. Reynolds also has more star appeal and would likely get the project greenlit with his name attached.
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11:49PM on 02/15/2010
Wow, it sucks to read that Chevy Chase is an egomaniac...I always liked the guy...
Wow, it sucks to read that Chevy Chase is an egomaniac...I always liked the guy...
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11:02PM on 02/15/2010

THANK GOD RATNER DIDN'T GET AT FLETCH!!

I really loved the Fletch films and would LOVE a sequel, but only if Chevy was involved. I doubt that would happen though.
I really loved the Fletch films and would LOVE a sequel, but only if Chevy was involved. I doubt that would happen though.
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10:23PM on 02/15/2010
I was thinking the same thing the other night when I found Fletch on Netflix. Sad to say but this is a movie that can benefit from an update.
I was thinking the same thing the other night when I found Fletch on Netflix. Sad to say but this is a movie that can benefit from an update.
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9:54PM on 02/15/2010
I say bring Chase back as Fletch and have him be down in the dumps hiding out somewhere and bring him back for one last mission.
I say bring Chase back as Fletch and have him be down in the dumps hiding out somewhere and bring him back for one last mission.
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11:05PM on 02/15/2010
Only if he takes off the glasses ... so much of his humor was in his eyes (think modern problems), and he's ended up looking like a geriatric milhouse with them on.
Only if he takes off the glasses ... so much of his humor was in his eyes (think modern problems), and he's ended up looking like a geriatric milhouse with them on.
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