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Watch: 5-Minute Animatic Reveals What The Abandoned 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie Might've Looked Like

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 9:46 AM
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Despite an optimistic 2014 release date once being set, and Breck Eisner being tapped to direct, the forever-developing "Stretch Armstrong" movie will have to wait for another day as Relativity abandoned the movie last month. There were likely a few factors involved, such as watching big-budget Hasbro movie "Battleship" tank, the lack of a leading man (Relativity bounced Taylor Lautner when they snapped up the rights from Universal) and the fact that no one really wants a "Stretch Armstrong" movie. But we now have a taste of what Relativity had in mind at one point for their picture.

Mel Gibson, Woody Harrelson & Sinbad Were All Considered To Lead 'Stretch Armstrong' Over The Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 4:02 PM
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Hollywood is littered with projects that have been in development for years and even decades, passing from one producer to another, from one studio to the next, from one writer to even more scribes, like an orphan no one wants to care for. And one of those projects is "Stretch Armstrong." In the history of this blog alone, Nicholas Stoller was once hired to pen the screenplay, with Rob Letterman ("Monsters Vs. Aliens") attached to direct. That incarnation never happened, and for a while Taylor Lautner was attached to star, before he was bounced off the project once everyone realized he wasn't going to be able to carry a movie on his shoulders outside of "Twilight." But the history of "Stretch Armstrong" is even stranger...

Breck Eisner To Direct That 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie You're Waiting For

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 12:21 PM
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Whoever wants a "Stretch Armstrong" movie, raise your hands! We're waiting....yeah....that's what we thought...nobody. While Universal paid millions to get our of their deal with Hasbro to make movies based on their toys, Relativity thinks that audiences will want to see a big screen take on the famed stretchy figure that mostly ends up in the back of closets, collecting dust, and forgotten about. And while their enthusiasm is admirable, they honestly could not pick a worse and less inspired choice to direct this thing.

Family Film Time: 'Stretch Armstrong' & 'Ringling Brothers' Get Writers

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 25, 2012 11:22 AM
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Ever wonder what happened to that “Stretch Armstrong” movie that was tossed from Universal in their great purge of 2011? Well, Relativity picked it up, dropped the long attached Taylor Lautner and set it up with an April 11, 2014 release date. And now it's time to get a script.

Brand-Over? Universal Reportedly Paid Huge Multi-Million Dollar Penalty To Get Out Of Deal With Hasbro

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 3:24 PM
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One particular movie spot during the Super Bowl must have elicited a very specific reaction among the millions watching the big game: "Huh? They've made a movie of the board game 'Battleship?' And Rihanna's in it? How does that work?" We're yet to see exactly if and how it works, but what's clear at this point is that the film is no longer going to be the first in a whole string of Hasbro adaptations from Universal.

'Stretch Armstrong' Hits Theaters On April 11, 2014 But Not With Taylor Lautner; Relativity Producing Instead Of Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2012 1:18 PM
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2011 was the year of the great purge over at Universal. A sudden round of belt-tightening saw the studio put the brakes on a number of projects ("At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Dark Tower" among the most high profile), but no relationship was cut more severely than the one with toymaker Hasbro. With Universal in deep to the tune of $200 million for "Battleship," they wisely realized that maybe this whole turning toys in to movies thing isn't such a hot idea and over the last twelve months dropped a number of those projects that were brewing including “Monopoly,” “The Gathering,” “Magic,” "Clue" and "Ouija" (though Hasbro is continuing to develop them). And you can now add one more to the body count.

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