Fletch, “Dome” Get New Writers

David Mandel is in talks to pen the “Fletch” remake for Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Warners owns the film rights to Gregory McDonald’s nine-novel series which centered on the quirky journalist Irwin M. Fletcher who tries to juggle his assignments while dealing with two ex-wives. This film is being called a re-imagining rather than a remake, with a bigger scale and style compared to the original two 80’s movies starring Chevy Chase.

David List, Steve Golin and Michael Sugar will produce. Mandel penned the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “The Dictator”.

Meanwhile, according to Variety, “The River” and “Green Lantern” writer Michael Green is currently adapting the Stephen King book “Under the Dome” for DreamWorks TV.

The story revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

The Steven Spielberg-produced series will begin production later this year and will then be shopped around to networks.