We're not talking about Robitussin & No-Doze, we're talking 'bout FLETCH!
Nordling here. (Ain't It Cool News
The original FLETCH, with Chevy Chase, is still one of the best comedies of the 1980s, full of great one liners and one of Chase's most memorable characters. But the original series by Gregory McDonald, although just as fun, are more mystery than comedy, and filmmakers have tried for years to revive the franchise with no success. Even Kevin Smith had a go at it in the late 90s but it never happened.
Well, looks like Warner Bros. has decided to give the franchise another go, according to Deadline, making an aggressive buy along with Anonymous Content Productions. With this and THE STAND, looks like Warners is diving into books for new franchises and films. No word on casting, writers, or a director yet, and seeing as Chevy Chase is busy doing good work on COMMUNITY, he may be a bit long in the tooth to reprise the role he put his personal stamp on. This looks like a reboot (if it could be called that, since there was only two Fletch films to begin with), and most likely a new younger actor would be cast for the part. Someone with comedic chops, I'd imagine. Or maybe they'll play up the mystery aspects of the books and downplay the comedy. It's too early to tell at this point, but I'm sure now that the franchise is in play again we'll know soon enough.