How committed was Jon Hamm to getting “Confess, Fletch” made? Director Greg Mottola revealed to uproxx (through IndieWire) that the “Mad Men” Emmy winner returned 60 percent of his salary to help fund three additional days of filming on the indie project. Mottola also gave up part of his own salary to extend the shoot.
According to Mottola, the money Miramax director Bill Block could afford for the film only covered 27 shooting days. When Mottola and Hamm started looking for additional funding to bring the shoot to 30 days, they were turned down by every financier.
“Everyone said, ‘I don’t know this kind of comedy works these days,'” said Mottola. “They were just kind of like, ‘Who’s Fletch? I guess nobody cares anymore.’
“So what we’ve basically done is that Jon gave 60 percent of his salary back to the budget,” the director continued. “I have returned part of my salary, not as much as Jon because he is richer than me and I have three children. And we bought three more days of recordings. We have it up to 30 days in Boston and a day in Rome. And we said, fuck it, we’re crazy, we’re stupid. We’re going to make this movie. And then Miramax really, creatively supported us. They didn’t fight us on people we wanted to cast.”
“Confess, Fletch” is a crime comedy based on Gregory Mcdonald’s 1976 novel of the same name. The character previously inspired two Chevy Chase comedies in the 1980s, “Fletch” and “Fletch Lives.” Hamm took over the role for the new film, which is based on McDonald’s first Fletch-centered novel and sees the character become a suspect in several murders while investigating a missing art collection. Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Roy Wood Jr. and John Slattery also star in the new movie.
“After other directors struggled for years to reboot Gregory McDonald’s hit mystery series, Greg Mottola gets it going with Miramax in this entertaining adaptation,” Variety film critic Peter Debruge wrote about the film in his review.
“Confess, Fletch” is now in theaters and on demand.