What can we expect from Jon Hamm's cult comedy reboot of Fletch?

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Talk about a Fletch remake has been in discussion since *checks watch* 1989. And now, finally, it is in the works with Mad Men star Jon Hamm.

You'd be forgiven for not knowing what the film is about — it is based on a series of novels by Gregory McDonald which centre on the title character, Fletcher, a journalist who often is roped into solving bizarre crimes. The cult classic comedy was first released in 1985 to great success at the box office.

It made almost $60 million worldwide at the time and in the USA, was the ninth highest-grossing film, and was received well by critics. Its 1989 sequel, however, was panned and the series was relegated to the status of a cult classic.

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The first director tapped for a reboot was Jay and Silent Bob auteur, Kevin Smith. There was little news for over a decade, but then in 2000 it was announced that Smith and Fletch star Chevy Chase were in disagreement over the long-delayed sequel.

There was more discussion, with talks of the role going to everyone from Ben Affleck to Zach Braff. Eventually, Smith left the project and it lingered in development hell.

Fletch, which is based on a series of novels, travelled from Miramax to Warner Brothers to Relativity, which went bankrupt, before reverting back to Miramax. Now it's being directed by Superbad and Adventurland's Greg Mottola, starring and produced by Jon Hamm.

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Miramax CEO Bill Block said: "We could not be more thrilled to see what 21st century twist these artists create.

Co-producer Connie Tavel added: "Producing this film with Jon has been a longtime dream of mine and with Zev and Greg on board to write and direct, I really believe that this will be an exciting and modern reimagining of this beloved character."

So what does that look like? Well, the sequel will take inspiration from the second book in the Fletch series Confess, Fletch. The plot synopsis reads: "In a mysterious chain of wild events, Fletch finds himself in the middle of multiple murders — one of which pins him as a prime suspect.

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"While on a quest to prove his innocence, Fletch is tasked with finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, the only inheritance she’s acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead." (Via Deadline.)

The original 1985 film is classified as a neo-noir comedy thriller. It's likely the reboot will follow a similar genre mash-up. But with Jon Hamm in the titular role, we actually have high hopes.

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