After gestating for several years at Warner Bros., the Fletch reboot has been given new life again, with Relativity Media picking up the project after Warner Bros. dropped it, and Jason Sudeikis still in talks to star as the title character. The actor was being eyed for the lead role when it was set up at Warner Bros. We last reported on the reboot back in May 2011, when Warner Bros. brought on screenwriter David Mandel (The Dictator), but The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Relativity is currently seeking new writers, so it seems unlikely that David Mandel's draft will be used.
Relativity is joining forces with the Boies/Schiller Film Group to acquire all 11 Fletch novels written by Gregory McDonald. The author's first Fletch book was published in 1974, centering on a journalist named I.M. Fletcher who tries to cover his investigative reporting assignments while dealing with his two ex-wives. This reboot is expected to be an origin story, but it isn't known if this will be based on the book Fletch Won, the eighth in Gregory McDonald's series which follows Fletch's first big career break.
Ryan Kavanaugh will produce for Relativity Media, alongside Boies/Schiller's Zach Schiller, John Rickard and David List, who represents the author's estate. Relativity's Tucker Tooley is executive producing with Annonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar. Relativity and Boies/Schiller previously teamed up for Jane Got a Gun, which is scheduled for release on September 4. Jason Sudeikis is coming off Horrible Bosses 2 and he will next be seen in Masterminds, arriving in theaters August 7.