After years of rumors and false starts, "Fletch" will finally be resurrected early next year. Variety says Kevin Smith has completed a draft of "Fletch One" and filming will commence in January.
Smith's involvement signals a significant change for the long-dormant "Fletch" franchise. Speaking with Variety writer Michael Fleming, Smith says his version of the Fletch character will differ from Chevy Chase's incarnation because it will be drawn from author Gregory McDonald's books (yes, Fletch comes from the highfalutin' literary world).
"We've taken an early novel where the author told the origin of how Fletch got his job on a newspaper," Smith says. "It will stick much closer to McDonald's brilliant dialogue and great characters, and the model for this film is 'Out of Sight.'"
"Out of Sight," the exceptional 1998 George Clooney-Jennifer Lopez film, was Slickly adapted from Elmore Leonard's novel by director Steven Soderbergh. If "Fletch One" successfully follows the same path, Smith may lure critics and audiences alike.
Casting for "Fletch One" has not begun, but Smith tells Variety his "short list" for the Fletch role includes Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler.--Mac Slocum
Editor's Note: This film was previously referred to on this page as "Fletch Won." Contrary to how it appears, this wasn't an error because the book upon which the film appears to be based is titled "Fletch Won." So now you know, and knowing is half the battle.