Confess, Fletch has started filming. If you’re like me, you’ve been apparently living under a rock and not knowing this was even a thing.

The movie is based on the original book series by Gregory McDonald. It’s the second mystery novel in the series and has the same name. Also, if you’re like me and saw the name Fletch, you raised your eyebrow. Yes, this series of books is what the 80s comedy Fletch and its sequel Fletch Lives, starring Chevy Chase are based on.

However, Chase is not back to play the role, instead, it will be Jon Hamm picking up the mantle of Irwin M. ‘Fletch’ Fletcher. Hamm has decent comedy chops, so he seems like a good choice for the role.

The story, of course, follows Fletch, an investigative journalist (like those still exist) and this time he finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and he’s the top suspect.

Jon Hamm on the set for Confess, Fletch.

Fletch has to figure out what happened to clear his name. On top of that, he has to find his fiancée’s stolen art collection. It’s the only thing she inherited after her father went missing and presumed dead.

Fletch has to juggle proving himself innocent of murder and finding the stolen art collection. It sounds like Fletch is going to have his hands full.

The rest of the cast joining Hamm is Marcia Gay Harden from Fifty Shades of Grey, Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame and Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr.

Confess, Fletch is being directed by Greg Mottola, who has helmed Adventureland, Superbad and Paul. He took to Twitter to commemorate the start of filming.

Commenting on the movie, producer Connie Tavel said:

“We look forward to bringing Fletch’s iconic character back to the big screen with a modern-day twist. While the original film has been hailed a cult classic with a strong fan base, we are showcasing Fletch through a new comedic and sophisticated lens, highlighting the nuances of his character and the intricacies of his career as an investigative journalist,”

Miramax CEO Bill Block also commented on Hamm and Mottola working together:

“The insouciant and sophisticated cocktail of Jon Hamm and Greg Mottola will be delivered to global audiences next year and promises to be very tasty,”

Personally, I won’t hold my breath on this. Going by the plot outline, it sounds typical ‘prove yourself innocent’ tale that’s been told a ton of times. The first Fletch movie is great and the second is okay at best.

As of right now, there’s no release date set for the movie.

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