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Jon Hamm to star in and produce Fletch reboot

Mad Men, Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

JON Hamm is to star in and produce a reboot of Fletch, the 1980s Chevy Chase movie, based on the original Gregory Mcdonald mystery novels.

The former Mad Men luminary will star as IM Fletcher, the hotshot investigative reporter played by Chase in the 1985 neo-noir comedy of the same name.

Mcdonald’s 11 mystery books, the first of which was published in 1974, focus on Fletcher as he juggles writing exposes while avoiding headaches caused by his two ex-wives.

Hamm will also produce the latest movie adaptation alongside his manager and producer Connie Tavel. Greg Mottola, known for comedies like Superbad and Arrested Development, is set to direct, while Zev Borow is penning the screenplay.

This latest film adaptation will be based on the second book in the Fletch series, entitled Confess, Fletch. It will find Hamm’s central character in the middle of multiple murders, one of which has him as a prime suspect.

As he attempts to prove his innocence, Fletch must find his fiancée’s stolen art collection, an inheritance she has acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Miramax CEO Bill Block said in a statement: “Fletch’s duration over audiences – whether told on paper or the big screen – entertains all and we could not be more thrilled to see what 21st century twist these artists create.”