Much like a nasty cold, the '80s just won't go away. The latest franchise getting a 21st Century reboot is "Fletch," based on the novels by Gregory McDonald. Jason Sudeikis is in talks to take on the role of journalist I. M. Fletcher, a character made famous by fellow "SNL" alum Chevy Chase in "Fletch" and "Fletch Lives."
Chase was in the prime of his comic career when "Fletch" came out in 1985, with "Foul Play," "Caddyshack," and "National Lampoon's Vacation" already under his belt and "European Vacation," "Spies Like Us," and "Three Amigos" yet to come. Similarly, Sudeikis has been enjoying a string of box office hits like "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers," which are both getting sequels. (He's also engaged to the super-cool Olivia Wilde, so he's got that going for him.)
"Fletch Won," which is being positioned as the first in a franchise, is being touted as less of a yuk-fest and more of "a gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with McDonald's novels than the Chase movies." There can really be only one "Moon River" rectal exam scene in the world.
Sudeikis has a full dance card at the moment. He and Wilde are expecting a baby, and he'll be shooting two indies this spring and summer. We'll be getting a second dose of "Horrible Bosses" this November, too. Will Sudeikis be able to make Fletch his own? Only time will tell. In the meantime, let's hope he doesn't follow in Chase's footsteps in other ways.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
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