Messing with Memories: ‘Fletch’

The gloves are off, now, Warner Bros.

I can remain silent about various reboots of your superheroes (again with the Superman?), but now you are diving into the heart of my childhood.

According to Monsters and Critics, you are now going through with your plans to reinvent Irwin Fletcher, the beloved detective known to so many children on the 80s simply as Fletch.

The imminently quotable flick (forget picking a favorite line, just go here) is now planned for a revised reboot of the franchise, hoping to use the 11-book series created by Gregory Macdonald as a template.

This is not the first Fletch Threat we’ve heard, but it is certainly the one that seems to be the closest to becoming reality.

Another Fletch installment was in the works years ago, when director Kevin Smith acquired the rights with Chevy Chase set to reprise. After a falling out, Smith was rumored to have been working on an ill-advised prequel with Jason Lee as a young Fletch.

When that went south, so did the reboot rumors. Until recently.

Look. The film has endured because of its star, not because of the enduring legacy of the character. Even the first film’s screenwriter, the talented Andrew Bergman, admitted to a rather weak script. Chase was given the latitude to improvise many of the lines, which is what made the film iconic.

Sorry Warner Bros and Macdonald fans, but his words and actions were not the real reason for Fletch’s popularity. If you think me to be wrong, sue me.

Just send the bill to the Underhills.

Sources: Monsters and Critics, IMDb, Washington Post.

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5 Comments

  1. I agree with for the most part. If you are going to do another FLETCH film you’ve got to pick someone who can improv and has that deadpan, smartass quality that made the first FLETCH film so damn good. I would say either Jason Lee or Ryan Reynolds would be good picks to play Fletch. They have those qualities. But I certainly wouldn’t put the film in the hands of someone like Kevin Smith. Maybe they can get Andrew Bergman back?

  2. Way too quintessentially ’80s and Chevy Chase for it to be any good or make money. Just get it over with already and throw all that money down the drain so they can stop with all this decades old remake talk.

    • Yeah, I agree in both respects. I really respect Bergman, but Fletch was prime Chase, plain and simple. It’s like Beverly Hills Cop was to Eddie Murphy (and both had a Harold Faltermeyer score). When Stallone “remade” it as ‘Cobra,’ it didn’t work out so well…though it did give John Cafferty and Beaver Brown Band another few minutes tacked onto their 15.

  3. Well, look at it this way, they remade “Psycho” and who remembers it now?

    • Good point. Though I still recall the ‘squish’ sound effect when Norman (Vaughn) was peepin through the wall. Thanks, Gus. I really needed help understanding that scene.


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