Stretch Armstrong Jumps to Relativity; Taylor Lautner Out as Stretchy Superhero
01.31.12 by BJSprecher
The long-in-development live-action Stretch Armstrong movie adaptation is being repackaged yet again. With actors as diverse as Tim Allen and Jackie Chan attached to various incarnations of the project, it seemed like the movie might finally get the green light from Universal after Twilight star Taylor Lautner signed on to headline the movie back in 2010. However, according to THR, Stretch Armstrong has left Universal for Relativity Media, with director Rob Letterman remaining on solely as an executive producer and Lautner no longer attached as the stretchy superhero.
The jump to Relativity also means that Academy Award–winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) and Imagine Entertainment are no longer producing the Stretch Armstrong adapation. Instead, Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) will produce with Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Bennet Schneir. No mention was made of whether or not the script written by screenwriter Nick Stoller (The Muppets) survived the jump to Relativity or not. Back in May 2010, Stoller described his take on Stretch Armstrong as a "superhero origin story" in the vein of Iron Man that will be "gigantic and exciting" but contain "a totally grounded human story at the center of it."
Relativity has announced a release date of April 11, 2014, for Stretch Armstrong.