Irwin M. Fletcher is back! You and I know him better as Fletch. Inspired by Gregory Mcdonald’s popular series of novels, the two Fletch movies of the 1980s were very popular with Chevy Chase in the starring role. In the decades since 1989’s Fletch Lives, there have been multiple attempts to bring the character back to the big screen. All these years later, the wisecracking, justice-seeking investigative reporter finally returns in Confess, Fletch.
The very funny and affable Jon Hamm stars in the upcoming reboot of the Fletch franchise, and the first trailer is out now. Based on the 1976 novel of the same name, Confess, Fletch, co-starring Marcia Gay Harden and Kyle MacLachlan, has Fletch pulled out of retirement to locate millions in stolen art. The film is also a reunion of sorts. Jon Hamm’s former Mad Men co-star, John Slattery, plays the part of Fletch’s editor, Frank.
A lot has been written about how unlikable Chevy Chase could be on and off the set. That never ruined any of his work for me, though. However, knowing that the universally beloved Jon Hamm is taking over as one of Hollywood’s all-time funniest characters is definitely a plus. By the way, if any of those previous reboot attempts had succeeded, Fletch could have been played by Ben Affleck, Jimmy Fallon, Brad Pitt, Jason Lee, Jason Sudeikis, or Zach Braff.
According to Empire, the movie will have a limited theatrical run starting September 16th , and will also be made available on premium video-on-demand services the same day. Confess, Fletch will become an exclusive title for Showtime beginning October 28th. Here’s the trailer: