‘Crazies’ Director Breck Eisner Confirmed to Direct ‘Stretch Armstrong’ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:19 pm,

[Update: Eisner is Officially Directing Stretch Armstrong. Scroll Down for Details.]

It wouldn’t be a stretch (wink, wink) to say that Stretch Armstrong has been stuck in development hell for years. It’s actually kind of hard to believe now that the film was once one of the hotter projects in Hollywood.

Back when Universal first announced the film (to many groans from the public), it had a tentative release date for April 2011. Things seemed to be rolling along well for the project when Twilight star Taylor Lautner was attached to star, but, like its namesake, the film has turned into a bit of a gooey mess.

In the last six months, Lautner dropped out of the project and Universal dumped the movie completely. But as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which is why Relativity Media picked up the film with plans to start fresh. And according to a new report, they might be starting fresh with director Breck Eisner.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Eisner (who directed the horror remake of The Crazies) is in talks with Relativity to helm the film. If Eisner does join the project, he’ll be working with a script from Dean Georgaris, whose record includes action films and thrillers including Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Does that mean that Relativity’s version of Stretch Armstrong will be more of an action movie and less of a comedy? Maybe. Eisner is a strong director, and I have no doubt that Georgaris is a skilled writer. You won’t find much success in Hollywood if you’re not talented (despite the way it sometimes seems from the outside looking in). The real question is whether anybody is itching to see a Stretch Armstrong movie at all.

stretch armstrong movie hasbro Crazies Director Breck Eisner Confirmed to Direct Stretch Armstrong [Updated]

UPDATE: Relatively has announced that Eisner will indeed helm the Stretch Armstrong movie, and put out the following press release:

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. [NASDAQ-HAS] to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners.

Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero’s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a world that is both fresh and exhilarating,” said Eisner. “What really excites me is the chance to build a hero from the ground up.”

After the dismal performance of Battleship, maybe Hollywood should rethink its obsession with exploiting existing properties and focus instead on telling really good original stories.

What do you think? Is there anything that would get you interested in seeing Stretch Armstrong? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Wasn’t there already a Stretch Armstrong movie? He was accompanied by three friends… there were four in total… and they were fantastic… and they fought a metal guy… and then a silver guy…

    • The Incredibles?

  2. Okay, I get that making movies out of old toy franchises is becoming a trend in Hollywood, but Stretch Armstrong? Seriously? How does anybody think that this is a good idea?

  3. This is stupid !!! Didn’t tey learn anything from BATTLESHIP ? Not evaery Toy r boardgame, makes for a movie. With the millions of Novels out there…some ripe for movie goodness, we get this crap. I’d rather see a plastic man movie done before this mess.

  4. The sad thing is that those talented writers and directors are being asked to make absolute crap like this, thereby wasting their talent completely. What I wouldn’t give to see one of these writers have an original screenplay produced.

  5. Yeah! This should…..suck.

  6. This sounds like a promotion for a new line of gum.

  7. Really

  8. I’m starting to expect Pop Up Pirates of the Caribbean now.

  9. Like I mentioned last week I rather see a plastic man movie than this crap.at least plastic man has the potential 2 be entertaining. Get it done DC/WB!

    • @rome. I agree with ya rome….I’d rather see a plastic man movie. I won’t be seeing this one…even on dvd. No way. Didn’t they learn anything from Battleship?

  10. heres a good movie idea, how about the other Michael Crichton books that havent been made like Prey and put a good solid director on it or Stephen King books

  11. @al Hollywood hasn’t learned anything. Battleship,stretch Armstrong,I mean 2 quote the miz really?! Really?! REALLY?! What next a hungry hungry hippo movie?!

  12. While they’re at it why not give us a My Pet Monster movie, Mousetrap, Teddy Roxpin, Monopoly, and…..

    • Hey now, I had the Monopoly movie idea back in March when I first saw the Battleship trailer.

      My Monopoly movie stars Sir Sean Connery.

      I also can’t believe someone quoted that idiot, The Miz. Talk about talentless.

    • There is actually already a My Pet Monster movie… LOL! And Teddy Ruxpin had an animated series that is actually very good and still available on dvd. …unfortunately the same cannot be said for the My Pet Monster film.. Though I have seen it MANY times as I had it on vhs. I liked it! …Haven’t seen it since I was 10 and I am 29… But I still remember liking it enough to watch it 50 times.

      • http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400673/

      • Meant live action on all that lol. I vaguely remember the Teddy Ruxpin cartoon from when I was a kid. I had the toy and loved it. My Pet Monster I don’t remember at all and I’m 32. Googled it and saw there was a movie. So many years has passed with that movie Hollywood could probably remake that and not a lot of people would be the wiser and realize it is a remake lol.

  13. I am waiting for a Stratego movie….
    In the meantime, they will have to STRETCH quite a bit to make an Armstrong movie fly.

  14. Slinky movie next. :-) lol

    • Haha that’s a good one

  15. It’s been in limbo for 3 years!

    No wonder, the writers are having a hard time ‘stretching’ their imaginations that far.

    Stupid idea.

  16. They are making A movie about A doll filled wit goo. Who can sterch until he gets cut in half or frozen solid amd breaks. YUCK THIS WILL SUCK.

  17. If you needed further proof that Hollywood is bereft of original and GOOD ideas, look no further. Making this toy into a movie is the very definition of scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  18. Coming to a cinema near you… Hungry Hungry Hippos the movie… They’re hungry, they’re hippos… They are Hungry Hungry Hippos…

  19. It’s a marketing ploy really. If you have a hero you naturally create antagonists. Then you make toys out of them. Set up some kind of goal for each in the movie they go at it in the second act. Stretch wins the day in the third.. Wallah kids movie that sells a bunch of toys at Christmas. At least that’s the plan… ;-)