Dean Georgaris to Write STRETCH ARMSTRONG; THE SMURFS’ Scribes to Pen THE RINGLING BROTHERS

     April 23, 2012

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We have some updates for you today regarding writers of some upcoming feature films.  Here they are at a glance:

  • Relativity and Hasbro have landed Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate) to pen a treatment of Stretch Armstrong, which opens April 11th, 2014.
  • The writing team of David Weiss and David Stem (The Smurfs) will pen The Ringling Brothers for Paramount.

Hit the jump for much more on each of these stories.

Variety reportsstretch-armstrong-toy that Georgaris will write Stretch Armstrong, an adaptation of the popular toy that hopes to spark a franchise.  The picture will be more of a family-friendly action movie than a cartoonish kids-only affair.  Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga) was previously attached to star with Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) directing, but neither is involved with the project anymore.  Georgaris’ other writing credits include Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Paycheck and Tristan + Isolde.

Heat Vision reports that Weiss and Stem are set to write The Ringling Brothers for Paramount.  The picture is expected to have a family adventure theme that is similar to such films as Night at the Museum or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Other plot details are currently being kept under wraps.  The actual Ringling Brothers were seven brothers (distinguishable only by their differing mustaches) who created the famous circus around the turn of the 20th century and bought out the next largest entertainer, Barnum & Bailey, to combine their resources to make “The Greatest Show on Earth.”  In addition to The Ringling Brothers, Weiss and Stem will return in order to write the sequel to The Smurfs.

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