'Fletch' Reboot With Jason Sudeikis Switches Studios (Exclusive)

Jason Sudeikis - H 2015

Jason Sudeikis - H 2015

Relativity Studios has teamed up with Boies/Schiller Film Group to acquire rights to the 'Fletch' franchise.

Fletch lives again.

The comedy project that was to have acted as a franchise starter and a reboot of the 1980s Chevy Chase movie has found a new home at Relativity Studios after being let go by Warner Bros. 

Relativity is teaming up with Boies/Schiller Film Group to acquire rights to the Fletch franchise, based on the original Gregory McDonald novels. The studio is currently in negotiations with Jason Sudeikis, who was eyed for the starring role of Fletch when it was set up at Warners.

McDonald’s 11 mystery books, the first of which was published in 1974, center on a reporter named I.M. Fletcher who juggles writing exposes while avoiding headaches caused by his two ex-wives.

Relativity and Boies/Schiller are now meeting with writers for the project, which is expected to be an origin story of sorts. It is unclear at this stage if it will be based on Fletch Won, the eighth novel in the series which gave the story Fletch’s first career break.

Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh; Boies/Schiller's president Zach Schiller; David List, who reps the McDonald estate; and John Rickard will produce the film.

Relativity president Tucker Tooley, along with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar will executive produce.

This project would reunite Tooley and Sudeikis, who previously collaborated on We’re the Millers, on which Tooley was a producer, and Relativity's upcoming Masterminds that hits in theaters on August 7. Rickard and Sudeikis also previously worked together on several films, including most recently Horrible Bosses 2.

Relativity and Boies/Schiller Film Group previously partnered on Natalie Portman's Jane Got A Gun (along with The Weinstein Company) that is slated to be released September 4. 

Richard Potter, exec vp of production and development, and Brett Dahl, senior vp of production, will oversee the film on behalf of Relativity.