Since long before films like “Transformers,” “Battleship,” “GI Joe,” and “The Lego Movie” were all the rage- adapting children’s toys and games for the big screen- Hollywood has been trying to make a Stretch Armstrong movie. In fact, the project has been in some form of development for over 20 years.
At various points throughout its path to getting made, the project evolved. It’s gone from a family-friendly Disney comedy, to an action “spy” flick, to a teen film, and even a superhero movie. The title role was to be filled by Danny DeVito, then Jackie Chan, and most recently by Taylor Lautner.
The latest incarnation was set to finally hit theaters in April of 2014, and I’m sure all of you were frothing at the mouth to finally see Armstrong’s majestic arrival to the silver screen. Problem is, the film has quietly disappeared from Relativity Media’s slate like a sock in the dryer. No set pictures, no word on a supporting cast, no updates. Only a release date of April 11th.
Now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that the film has, indeed, been scrapped.
In a statement from Relativity, which picked up the property after Universal dropped it in January 2012, they state:
“Stretch Armstrong is an incredible character who will make an amazing movie, and we know that Hasbro has some new ideas they are looking at. Relativity and Hasbro have a tremendous relationship, and we decided to focus on other projects. We look forward to continuing to work together.”
So it’s back to the drawing board for the Hasbro brain trust. Is this just another setback? Is the film finally dead altogether? Will another incarnation of the movie still pop up, this time as a musical starring Betty White? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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