Who Should Play Irwin Fletcher in the Warner Bros. ‘Fletch’ Reboot?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 4:03 pm,

Fletch Reboot Chevy Chase Who Should Play Irwin Fletcher in the Warner Bros. Fletch Reboot?

In a disturbing Hollywood trend, Warner Bros. is now close to rebooting another great comedy from the 1980s.

Fletch still remains one of our favorite 80s comedies, but Warner Bros. wants to turn it into a “smart, action comedy that plays out on a much larger canvas.”

Having already starred in Vacation, Caddyshack and Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase was an established comedy star by the time Fletch released in 1985. While Fletch may have been based on an eleven book series, few would argue that Chevy Chase is the only reason for Fletch‘s iconic status in movies. Some would say Irwin Fletcher is an intriguing character, no matter who plays the part, but it is tough to imagine Fletch without Chevy Chase.

It’s understandable that some classics are going to get a reboot for modern audiences – and the Weinstein Co. has been attempting to reboot this franchise for over a decade. If the film company had allowed Kevin Smith to make his proposed Fletch prequel starring Jason Lee then it may have had a real shot at capitalizing on the source material while bringing something new to the table. Lee is one of few comedians today that possesses an ability similar to Chase – combining the sarcasm and wit the role would require.

Fletch poster Chevy Chase 1985 Who Should Play Irwin Fletcher in the Warner Bros. Fletch Reboot?

The core problem here is what Warner Bros. wants to do with the character. The studio has picked up the rights to all 11 books from which the original films (Fletch, Fletch Lives) were based on. But the original novels were not nearly as hilarious as Chase’s interpretation. Heat Vision has the scoop:

“No writer or director is aboard [sic], but Warners and the producers are aiming for a reimagining, not a remake, and hope to make a [sic] smart action comedy that plays out on a bigger canvas than the previous movies.”

What does Warner Bros. mean by “a bigger canvas”? It could mean something like National Treasure, which somewhat fits Fletch’s style. If Warner Bros. executives do their homework, they might stumble upon what truly made Fletch so funny – Chevy Chase. The scale of the movie is irrelevant as long as it manages to be funny – that is, if they want to capture what made the original so great.

The entertainment industry does not need any more Seth Rogen action comedies. So, who could fill Fletch’s shoes in a potential reboot?

Note: These are our own opinions – no one is currently associated with the production. The only sure thing right now is Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the book series.

  1. Joel McHale – The perfect blend of charisma and comedic timing. He has spent plenty of time with Chevy Chase in Community and may have picked up a nuance or two in the process.
  2. Ryan Reynolds – Reynolds seems to get every role under the sun these days, but he has proven more than capable of delivering action, comedy and charisma all at once. If Warner Bros. wants a big name in this film that can handle the “bigger canvas,” Reynolds is a perfect fit.
  3. John Krasinski - His popularity has diminished a bit, but there is something to his delivery as Jim Halpert that rings true to the character of Irwin Fletcher.
  4. Jason Lee - The Weinstein Co. didn’t want him because they thought he wasn’t enough of a star. Now that he has his own hit television series, maybe he could get another shot.
  5. Jason Sudeikis - He has yet to shine in a leading role on film, but has shown the comedic chops to be successful in certain circumstances. His comedy thrives on witty comments and he grows a killer mustache that might serve him well in undercover situations.

The undying effort to bring back the character of Gregory McDonald’s novels is proof at how timeless the material is. If Chevy Chase hadn’t portrayed Fletch with such memorable charisma, we might not be complaining about a potential reboot. As most fans of the films will attest, this isn’t an awful idea. Rather, it just needs the proper focus and casting to work. Unfortunately, at this point, we don’t know the true direction of the reboot – aside from Warner Bros.’ brief statement.

Either Warner Bros. will stay true to the source material and create a character worth remembering that rests somewhere between James Bond and Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop) or they’ll go for the money and hire a big-name star to simply cash in on yet another remake. Let’s hope they put the effort in to actually create a fully-formed character that might produce a great modern franchise. It is a tough task to try and push Chevy Chase’s performance to the back burner, but not impossible. For now, we remain skeptical at this idea until further details emerge.

Who would you like to see play Fletch? Would you like to see anybody play him at all? Sound off in the comments section below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Reynolds or Will Ferrell (considering he seems to have copied his whole comedic style from Chevy Chase, IMO).

    • JIM CARREY-JIM CARREY-JIM CARREY- JIM CARREY- JIM CARREY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • ehhhhh, maybe

  2. Steve Carell,i think he is the only 1 that can pull this off right

    • uhhhh, no, not imho. Steve does not have the range to pull this off.

  3. If they have any problems with the financing, they should charge it to the Underhills bill… tee hee

    • I approve this comment.

      • Thanks, I was pretty proud of it… :)

  4. I vote scrap the project, do something ORIGINAL.

  5. I wouldn’t mind seeing Donald Glover (Chase’s co-star from community) re-imagine this role. He is hilarious and i think he could put a great spin on the original.

    • or Jason Schwartzman, He is Brilliant in everything he does.

  6. Those are good choices… McHale especially.

    My choice would be James Franco. Again, he’s attached to everything but imagine a David Gordon Green Fletch starring Franco. Awesome, I know. DGG is the new Apatow but, like an actual director, and he has his own little comedy troupe with the Jody Hill-Danny McBride crew (which crosses the Apatow group through the Mckay-Ferrell team…).

    Todd Phillips fits it too and he might be the other obvious choice to write-direct. Downey for Fletch then? Enough babbling…

    • Franco and Downey would be great. I considered Downey and he is about the same age as Chase was when he shot the original. I imagine they will go for a younger lead though.

      • I agree about Downey. Jason Lee would be cool too…

  7. Let’s just do a remake of every film in history – it’s where this is headed.

  8. I vote for John Krasinski!

  9. I have an odd choice, Jeremy Piven.

    • why not just take it in a whole new direction and use …. Chris Tucker? he needs a job.

      • He need a cranial harpoon injury.

  10. I actually liked Fletch Lives better than Fletch. I guess I’m a sucker for the south.

    They really should not do this. I won’t offer any suggestions… other than Danny McBride.

  11. i think this is a horrible idea, but if they are going to do it I think Jason Lee or Will Ferrel

  12. Tom Hanks

  13. I like piven but his look with the balding may not reflect the age right. I like Jason Bateman for this role based of Arrested Developement alone I think he could pull it off. Or Ed Helms from the office and hangover films he is hilarious imo.

  14. I vote no reboot.

  15. i vote for James Franco or Will Ferrel ….

  16. “What kind of a name is Poon?”

    • Comanche Indian.

  17. Let’s just hope it won’t be as bad as the last two Pink Panther knockoffs were.

    • Two PRIME examples of why Fletch needs to be left ALONE. I think Steve Martin is great but…… No one can play the character as well as Chase so this will just end up in more fail.

      Its funny, Hollywood is struggling to make ends meet and yet they continue to rehash old ideas and regurgitate garbage. Am I the only one who sees a correlation?

      • I agree some remakes are inspired work to improve upon or bring something new story wise to the table using a familiar character. I think that “hollywood” is hurting but the movie business as a whole keeps trucking along thanks to netflix I get to see alot of independant films that actually (gasp) have original stories. I only plug netflix because these films never see the light of day in theaters.

        Bottom line is “hollywood” needs to take more risks. The only alternative films that get plugged in theaters normally are from across the pond such as Kings Speech for instance. Hopefully when creative directors get a big budget they make quality over rubbish such as Arronosky w/The Wolverine for example might be another step in the right direction.

        • The problem is “Hollywood” isnt concerned with anything other than dollar signs. Untill more people stand up and produce their own material, ie Marvel, then we will continue to get the watered down versions of stories that we consistently get. I am hoping that, eventually, more people on the west coast will grow a brain and realize more money comes with better stories. Quit trying to please every age group.

  18. Honestly, out of all the actors listed in the article and the others listed in the commments, I would have to pick Jason Lee. I am only saying this because I am looking at an actor who can act like Chevy Chase acting like Fletch. The studio may want to take it a totally different direction than what Chase did and if that is the case then I would have to say dont make the movie.

  19. The original is a classic. But if they do remake it, I like Ryan Reynolds as Fletch and Steve Martin as the editor in chief.

  20. Fletch reboot?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  21. Will Arnett from Arrested Development. As if you didn’t know who he was!

  22. Actually I’d like to see it done with an unknown but good actor and not so campy and silly as the Chase ones. Those were actually just Chase being Chase and not being the character. Really it’s a mystery with comedic elements. Something more like the Rockford Files and less like Get Smart.

  23. Fletch was crap.
    The beginning of the end for Chevy.

    That’s all I have to say. :)

    • :O

  24. Chevy Chase.

  25. I think Ben Stiller would be the right canidate for this role. But why don`t we ask Chevy Chase who he`d like to see play the role.

  26. I’d love to see McHale take on the role of Jack Faoni, with Chevy as Fletch. Would it be a harder sell than just making the hell out of “Fletch Won?” Probably–but it would keep the old ones canon and–SUPERMAN RETURNS notwithstanding–that’s something worth trying once.

  27. Sasha Coen

    • FTW Ryan Reynolds as Clark Griswold……..but what about Rusty?.I wish I remembered the others I suggested about two years ago in an email,I think I may have suggested Jason Lee as Carl Spackler and John Krasinski as Ty Webb.Maybe do away with “Rusty” and add grampa Michael Richards to replace CousinEddie or something like that.

      • No,that doesn’t seem right,it was John Krasinski as Danny Noonan,Ryan Reynolds as Ty Webb,Jason Lee as Carl Spackler.

  28. Ryan Reynolds definitely! !!!

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