Fletch's Fortune Sequel Script Written, But Development Stalled

Jon Hamm reveals a script is written for Fletch's Fortune, the sequel to Confess, Fletch, but development is on hold due to ownership changes at Miramax and Paramount. The sequel is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Gregory Mcdonald and is loosely set in the journalism world.

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Fletch's Fortune Sequel Script Written, But Development Stalled

Fletch's Fortune Sequel Script Written, But Development Stalled

Jon Hamm, the star of the 2022 crime comedy Confess, Fletch, has revealed that a script has been written for the sequel, Fletch's Fortune, but development is currently on hold due to ownership changes at Miramax and Paramount. The sequel is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Gregory Mcdonald.

In an interview with Screen Rant, Hamm provided an update on the status of the Fletch's Fortune film adaptation. "I don't really have a lot of specificity on it. The next script would be the next book in the series, which is Fletch's Fortune, and it's sort of loosely set in the journalism world, which is very interesting, I think, and weirdly timely given the fact that the book was written in the '70s, and it's somehow even more timely now," Hamm said.

However, the actor noted that the project is facing delays due to changes in ownership at the studios involved. "But the problem is Miramax has been bought and sold, who owns the rights, so we're kind of waiting to see how that shakes out. The situation at Paramount, I think everybody's kind of waiting to see what's happening with Paramount, as well," Hamm explained.

"Everyone is ready to go with the next chapter in it as soon as we can. I loved playing the part, Greg [Mottola] loved writing it, and I thought what we did with it was fun and funny," he said.

Confess, Fletch, directed by Greg Mottola, was released in theaters and on premium video-on-demand in September 2022. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for Hamm's performance and the witty screenplay. However, it underperformed at the box office, grossing just $5 million against a $20 million budget.

Hamm acknowledged the film's lackluster commercial performance but pointed to the changing media landscape as a factor. The actor also discussed the possibility of returning as Cyclone in a potential Top Gun 3, should the opportunity arise.

As fans eagerly await further developments on the Fletch's Fortune adaptation, Hamm remains optimistic about the future of the franchise. With a completed script and a dedicated creative team, the sequel appears poised to bring more of Fletch's investigative antics to the big screen, once the ownership issues are resolved at Miramax and Paramount.

Key Takeaways

  • Jon Hamm reveals a script for Fletch's Fortune, the sequel to Confess, Fletch, is written.
  • The sequel is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Gregory Mcdonald.
  • Development is on hold due to ownership changes at Miramax and Paramount.
  • The film would be set in the journalism world, which Hamm finds "weirdly timely".
  • Hamm remains optimistic about the franchise's future despite Confess, Fletch's underperformance.