The Crazies Director Breck Eisner to Helm Stretch Armstrong Adaptation
07.21.12 by BJSprecher
It's been nearly six months since the live-action Stretch Armstrong jumped ship from Universal to Relativity Media — losing Academy Award–winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) and Imagine Entertainment as producers, Rob Letterman as a director, Nick Stoller as the screenwriter and Twilight star Taylor Lautner as the title character, in the process — but it appears that there's finally going to be some progress on the Hasbro toy adaptation. Relativity Media sent out a press release declaring that a deal has been struck with Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct the big screen exploits of the stretchy superhero in what is being described as a "gritty actioner."
Unlike the characters in other toy properties like G.I. Joe or Transformers, which have hundreds of hours of animated adventures to draw upon for movie adaptations, Stretch Armstrong is basically a blank slate. Which is exactly what Eisner said that he found appealing about taking on the property.
This is a fantastic opportunity to create a world that is both fresh and exhilarating. What really excites me is the chance to build a hero from the ground up.
The movie will tell the origin of Lucas "Stretch" Armstrong, who will have to face "life-or-death consequences" after "undergoing a transformation granting him superhuman abilities." Relativity Media President Tucker Tooley praised the "vision" of Eisner and screenwriter Dean Georgaris, who previously worked with Eisner as the producer of The Crazies.
We were delighted by Breck and Dean’s innovative and creative concept for bringing this character to life. Their unique vision for creating the mythology for this story paired with their experience gives us the confidence that they are the perfect team to bring Stretch Armstrong to the big screen.
Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) will produce Stretch Armstrong with Hasbro's Brian Goldner (Transformers franchise) and Bennet Schneir (Battleship).