Jon Hamm’s version of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher may not be in the mood for a steak sandwich or a steak sandwich, but he does have an ongoing knack for screwing up criminal investigations.
The first trailer for Brooks, Fletch revives the title character created by author Gregory Mcdonald in a series of novels and became part of ’80s pop culture with the Chevy Chase starring fletch (1985) and its subsequent sequel four years later. The new Miramax movie will be released in theaters, digitally and on-demand on September 16.
After several failed attempts to get the character back on the big screen over the years, Hamm stars in director Greg Mottola’s comedy, based on the McDonald book of the same name. The film features Hamm’s former crazy men co-star John Slattery, along with Roy Wood Jr., Annie Mumolo, Ayden Mayeri, Lorenza Izzo, Kyle MacLachlan and Marcia Gay Harden.
As seen in the first trailer, Brooks, Fletch revolves around the titular character suspected of a murder case in Europe as he tries to track down missing works of art. The footage shows Fletch going through a series of accidents throughout the process, including being punched in the face and awkwardly dropping a gun over the side of a boat.
“I was an investigative journalist,” Hamm explains at one point. “It’s a profession that has been watered down by the digital age — like president.”
During an interview in 2020 with The Hollywood ReporterHamm explained that he respected Chase’s version and had no intention of imitating it. The original 1985 film featured popular lines like Fletch telling a server, “I’ll have a Bloody Mary and a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich.”
“The character in the book is very different from Chevy’s portrayal, and so when Bill Block from Miramax came up to me and said, ‘You know, we own this and we think you’re a good fit,’ I agreed. , but I don’t want to imitate Chevy,” the star said at the time. “I’m not interested in that, and I don’t think anyone else would be. We already have that version, so maybe there’s a way to version that is more lifelike to the book, more intellectual and a little more alive in its sensibility.”
The trailer for Brooks, Fletch can be seen below, and the film will be released on September 16.