Relativity Sets STRETCH ARMSTRONG for April 11, 2014; Taylor Lautner No Longer Attached

     January 30, 2012


That Stretch Armstrong movie no one wanted is now set for April 11, 2014.  The film was previously set up at Universal, but the studio has been dumping its Hasbro properties as fast as possible, and the adaptation Stretch Armstrong was left looking for a new home.  The film has now landed at Relativity, the studio behind Haywire and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror and The Raven.   Taylor Lautner was previously attached to star with Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) set to direct, but they’re both no longer attached.

Hit the jump for the press release, which is more about Relativity being happy to team with Hasbro rather than any explanation about why anyone should make a movie about Stretch Armstrong.

Here’s the press release:

Relativity Media has partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. [NASDAQ-HAS] to develop and produce a live-action tent-pole film based on Stretch Armstrong, the iconic action hero figure launched in the 1970s, it was announced today by Relativity’s Co-President, Tucker Tooley and Hasbro’s President and CEO, Brian Goldner.

Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. The film is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date.

The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro’s Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer.

Hasbro has become an entertainment powerhouse by creating hit movies and television shows from its rich portfolio of world class brands. Since 2007, Hasbro’s Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises have grossed nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office. 2012 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Hasbro with its partners Universal Pictures releasing Battleship in April and Paramount Pictures releasing G.I. Joe: Retaliation in June. In television, Hasbro Studios produces shows like Transformers Prime and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that can be seen on the HUB television network in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries globally.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Hasbro, a company whose global reach and ability to innovate has made them immensely successful in the arena of brand re-imagination– as evidenced by their legacy of creating such franchises as Transformers and G.I. Joe,” said Tooley, “We look forward to bringing Stretch Armstrong to audiences worldwide.”

“Stretch Armstrong is a great example of Hasbro’s rich portfolio of intellectual properties that we are continuing to develop globally,” said Goldner, “We are excited to partner with Relativity on this movie as they are a growing and innovative studio.”

Stretch Armstrong is the classic action hero figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976 and re-launched in the 90’s, sold successfully throughout North America and in markets across the world. The original Stretch’s unique design broke free of traditional action figures, as he could be stretched over and over and always returned back to his original size. The nostalgic toy is considered to be rare and collectible to this day.

Relativity recently released Oscar®-winner Steven Soderbergh’s dynamic action-thriller Haywire in theatres. Looking ahead, Relativity will release the the heart-pounding Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor (in theatres February 24, 2012) and magical adventure comedy Mirror Mirror (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, and Armie Hammer. The studio just wrapped production on the comedy 21 and Over and is currently in pre-production on Nicholas Sparks’ gripping love story Safe Haven and the international espionage thriller Hunter Killer.

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  • Kaiser117

    What did we do to deserve this?

    Why are studios latching onto anything with an “established name” instead of aligning with the wishes of their audiences?

  • plastic man

    Well, if theyre really gonna do it, i am glad Tayler lautner isnt in it! What were they thinking?

    As a 70s child, i did own one of these, and the villain, Kraken. Be great to see if stretch gets damaged/injured some thick clear gel comes out instead of blood. Because the toys always leaked sticky glue.

    Personally though, they should make that film of Plastic-man with Jim Carrey that was long rumoured a few years back. That i would pay to see!

    Also, wheres the live action HE-MAN and Thundercats?????

  • mrbatmatt

    No matter who they cast in the leading roll, their talents will be stretched very thin with anemic directing and an anorexic script… THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I’ll be trolling all week, don’t forget to tip your waitress adn tell Matt G how much you hate his sense of humor as so many of you do(personally I enjoy his barbs).

  • HelghastUser

    Matts hilarious. I love reading how pissed people get at his quips. He doesn’t hold anything back and tells it exactly how he feels. He gets cursed out all the time to which is why I always wonder if he actually reads the responses. .

    @ plastic man
    “Be great to see if stretch gets damaged/injured some thick clear gel comes out instead of blood. Because the toys always leaked sticky glue. ”

    Which sucked when you tried to take it off of clothes. There is a fan made trailer for the Thundercats. Its worth the look…

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