Remember when Chevy Chase made great movies? I know, it’s been a while. You have to go back twenty-five to thirty years to Chase’s heyday as a comedy king. Foul Play, Caddyshack, Seems Like Old Times, Vacation, Fletch… these are fantastically funny and entertaining movies that still hold up today. They all came out over a seven year period the likes of which Chase’s career has never seen again.
There’s been talk off and on for years about a Fletch remake with the likes of Kevin Smith and Zach Braff attached… most recently Joshua “Dawsons Creek” Jackson was revealed as the new Irwin Fletcher in the upcoming Fletch Won. As fascinating as that is, this news posting isn’t about Fletch. It’s about another remake of a classic Chase comedy.
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are remaking Foul Play! The original starred Chase as a San Francisco police detective and Goldie Hawn as a librarian who find themselves enmeshed in a plot to kill the Pope during a visit to the city. Add in a homicidal albino, a sex-fiend Dudley Moore, and a badass Burgess Meredith, and you have a light-hearted and appealing romantic-comedy-thriller.
Dark Horizons reports that Hudson has confirmed the remake and the plans to make it her third pairing with McConaughey. The duo had a big hit (relatively speaking) with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and a smaller success with the recent Fool’s Gold. Hudson should have little trouble channeling her own mother, but McConaughey taking over for Chase? Color me unconvinced.