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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Fletch.... lives! Jon Hamm to star in new film.
ALSO: A Jessica Watson Netflix film. AND: Usagi Yojimbo coming to streaming.
Sometimes events in the world conspire for an audience that is me.
Today comes news that Mad Men star Jon Hamm will star in a new Fletch movie. Based on the second book in the Fletch series, Confess Fletch, the new film will be directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad, The Daytrippers).
You likely know Fletch from the 1985 movie Fletch, starring Chevy Chase and based on the first Fletch novel (there was also a sequel Fletch Lives, which was not based on any of Gregory McDonald’s books).
This is great casting for the character. I couldn’t be more on board.
Netflix has announced it’ll produce a new CGI animated series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.
Based on 80s indie comic Usagi Yojimbo (it was one of the big hip indie comics of the 80s that was overshadowed by some series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the show is about:
Samurai Rabbit follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn’t alone. He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.
Muppets Now debuts on July 31. There’s a new trailer for the Disney+ show:
Netflix is making a movie based on Jessica Watson’s memoir True Spirit. At 16 Watson became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world in 2009.
“It’s quite humbling to have Netflix bring my story to life,” Watson said. “I hope that the film inspires people around the world to try sailing and to also pursue their own adventures. I’m thrilled that it will be directed by Sarah and supported by such a strong production team.”
The Justin Timberlake movie Palmer is going direct to Apple TV+. The film is about:
A former college football phenomenon named Eddie Palmer (played by Timberlake) who, after a stint in prison, returns to his hometown to get his life back on track. There, he faces not only lingering conflicts from his past but also a much more surprising challenge as he finds himself suddenly in charge of a unique young boy who has been abandoned by his wayward mother.
Also starring is Juno Temple and June Squib.
ALWAYS BE LISTENING
Audible has a brand new Original production that launched yesterday - The Sandman. Based on the cult 90s Vertigo comic, the production has a really incredible voice cast that includes: Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and Michael Sheen.
Polygon has an interview with director Dirk Maggs about voice casting the production. The Sandman will also be produced as a Netflix series, with an adaptation currently in the works.