Warner Bros. buys ‘Fletch’ rights

Studio, Anonymous Content to bring back famed character

Warner Bros. wants to bring back “Fletch.”

Studio confirmed Tuesday that it’s bought feature rights to the nine-book Gregory Mcdonald series — which originated the I.M. Fletcher character — and set up the project with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar. David List, the manager of Mcdonald’s estate, is also producing.

No writer or director has been attached.

Mcdonald first optioned the “Fletch” books in 1970s but retained the right of approving the actor cast to play Fletch. He rejected Burt Reynolds and Mick Jagger but agreed to Chevy Chase — leading to Universal producing the original caper comedy with in 1985 followed by “Fletch Lives” four years later.

Miramax tried repeatedly to develop the character a decade ago when the rights reverted. Kevin Smith attempted to start a “Fletch” franchise under his Miramax-based production shingle, View Askew, but the project never came to fruition.

Anonymous Content produced “Winter’s Bone” and picked up rights this week to “Cutting for Stone,” Abraham Verghese’s bestseller.

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