Getting the new “Fletch” sequel took some sacrifice.
In a new interview with Uproxx“Confess, Fletch” director Greg Mottola shared how star Jon Hamm helped direct the long-running film by taking a pay cut.
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According to Mottola, Miramax CEO Bill Block agreed to fully finance the film as long as the budget remained at $20 million, with a 27-day shoot.
“So basically what we did was Jon put 60% of his salary back into the budget,” the director revealed. “I gave back part of my salary, not as much as Jon because he is richer than me and I have three children. And we bought three extra days of shooting.
Speaking about the shoot, he continued, “We did it up to 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And we said, fuck, we’re crazy, we’re stupid. We are going to make this movie. And then Miramax really supported us, in a creative way. They didn’t fight us over who we wanted to cast.
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Describing the film as more “mores comedy – very talkative verbal comedy” than slapstick, Mottola added: “Jon and I were like, I think there’s an audience for this. And then we were told no, we don’t think. We had a lot of that, yeah, in another time, a few years ago, we would have bought that, but we make our own stuff and we don’t need it.
Attempts to make a new “Fletch” movie have been nearly constant since the original Chevy Chase sequel “Fletch Lives” debuted in 1989, with projects involving Kevin Smith, Zach Braff and others failing. not seen the light of day.