“Fletch” lives — again.
Jon Hamm will assume the role of I.M. Fletcher, the fast-talking investigative reporter made famous by Chevy Chase, in an upcoming reboot of the 1985 comedy “Fletch.”
In addition to the starring role, the 49-year-old “Mad Men” star will also produce, Variety reported on Wednesday.
The Miramax project will be based on the second book of the Gregory Mcdonald series “Confess, Fletch.”
According to initial reports, Hamm’s Fletch will be attempting to locate his fiancée’s stolen art collection while proving his innocence after being eyed as a suspect in several murders.
“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,” stated Miramax CEO Bill Block.
Gregory Mottola, who helmed “Superbad,” “Adventureland” and “Keeping Up with the Joneses” — which also starred Hamm — is set to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hamm, an Emmy Award winner for his performance as 1960s advertising exec Don Draper on “Mad Men,” has appeared in a handful of high-profile Hollywood blockbusters, including “The Town” and “Tag.”
He drew critical praise for the Oscar-nominated 2019 drama “Richard Jewell” and will next appear in the highly anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick,” which is slated to hit theaters in late December.
But he has also shown off a deft comedic touch, notably as the buffoonish kidnapper Richard Wayne on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” for which he received an Emmy nomination.
The original “Fletch,” produced for a mere $8 million, was a box-office smash, raking in $50 million at American box offices, according to Box Office Mojo. The 1989 sequel, “Fletch Lives,” however, underperformed with a $35 million haul.