PRESS RELEASE: Breck Eisner To Helm STRETCH ARMSTRONG; Brief Synopsis Revealed

Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) has now been confirmed as the director of Relativity Media's Stretch Armstrong, and you can read comments from him (as well as a brief synopsis for the film) after the jump. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/19/2012

Relativity Media has closed a deal with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) to direct its upcoming live-action film based on Stretch Armstrong, it was announced today by Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley. Relativity partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. to develop and produce the film which is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date. Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners.

Eisner, known for directing the remake of George A. Romero’s horror movie The Crazies, will helm the film based on the script written by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Manchurian Candidate). The film will be produced by Relativity’s CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner (Transformers) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tooley (Immortals) will serve as executive producer.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to create a world that is both fresh and exhilarating," said Eisner. "What really excites me is the chance to build a hero from the ground up."

"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," said Tooley, President, Relativity.

This original story will be a gritty actioner introducing the character of Lucas Armstrong and the life-or-death consequences he will face after undergoing a transformation granting him superhuman abilities. Eisner was represented by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman in his deal.

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Spidey91 - 7/19/2012, 5:45 PM
what the f*ck?
AutobotCommander84 - 7/19/2012, 5:47 PM
Judging from the synopsis, I can tell that this can either be really good, or painfully bad.
duncboy - 7/19/2012, 5:49 PM
Or not.
mmusicman - 7/19/2012, 5:51 PM
who is this movie targeting? i doubt seriously that adults that bought Stretch Armstrong dolls as kids will watch this. throw some Transformers in there, that might help.
Curmudgeon - 7/19/2012, 5:55 PM
Oh Hasbro... why didn't you learn your lesson with Battleship...
TheBatman938865 - 7/19/2012, 5:56 PM
he's basically Mr.Fantastic...like if invisible woman, human torch and the thing just left...thats the story right there lol
MitchConner - 7/19/2012, 6:00 PM
Who cares about this again?
MitchConner - 7/19/2012, 6:01 PM
I agree thebatman, wtf is this and why? Unless this is a porno who cares?
JordanKing - 7/19/2012, 6:02 PM
Last I heard, Taylor Lautner was rumored for the main role. I don't know about any of you guys, but I smell Oscar material right here.
soberchimera - 7/19/2012, 6:02 PM
Well if he wants to throw his career away then that's his choice.
Tony93 - 7/19/2012, 6:06 PM
why not just make a film about the 60 billion dollar man or whats his name again?
NERO - 7/19/2012, 6:07 PM
Please, just stop. Take the $60 million or whatever budgeted for this film throw it in a pile piss on it, douse it in gasoline, and just light it on [frick]ing fire. That's what the production company is doing with that money anyway. It sounds like Die Hard with stretchy arms. Just stop before I lose all faith in the human creative spirit.
CyberBishop - 7/19/2012, 6:17 PM
You have got to be f---ing kidding me...
venkman9993592 - 7/19/2012, 6:17 PM
A gritty Inspector Gadget Movie would be awesome, but Stretch Armstrong would not be a good movie at all.
JonasWepeel - 7/19/2012, 6:24 PM
I smell Oscars!
JoeMomma29 - 7/19/2012, 6:28 PM
Great another movie based off of a toy, and what is sad they are going to try to pawn it off as a true comic book hero!
MitchConner - 7/19/2012, 6:29 PM
Lol...I smell bull shit
nihcamja - 7/19/2012, 6:31 PM
I smell a Razzie... or 2,or 3
ralfinader - 7/19/2012, 6:31 PM

who is this movie targeting? i doubt seriously that adults that bought Stretch Armstrong dolls as kids will watch this. throw some Transformers in there, that might help.

I had the Stretch Armstrong toy. He lasted awhile, until I decided it youd be a good idea to have him fight Gaiking. He was my first toy that bled to death. And you are correct, no interest in this other than the comments!
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 6:32 PM
Wow. I appreciate the challenge! Take a dumb concept done twice before that nobody gives a shit about surrounding a toy nobody is nostalgic about and try to make it a successful movie?!??!?!??!!!

The game is afoot!

Seriously, it's a foot.
Timerider84 - 7/19/2012, 6:35 PM
The Flash can't get a movie, but Stretch Armstrong the retard can...in the words of Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek "WOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!" [shakes head back and forth]
Timerider84 - 7/19/2012, 6:38 PM
What's next OPERATION? Man sitting on an operating table as doctors go in to remove stuff from his body, like fantastic voyage????????? Un..fricking..believable!!!
weapon925 - 7/19/2012, 6:39 PM
Really? Really? Really?
JonasWepeel - 7/19/2012, 6:48 PM
We need a "gritty" Barbie movie. A sort of "Scarface" meets "Wizard of Oz" with a hint of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (to keep it classy and subtle).
jessepostal - 7/19/2012, 6:50 PM
This movie will make tons of money, what kid won't wanna see this? Anyone remember the dogs name?
Spidey91 - 7/19/2012, 6:57 PM
@Timerider84

you took the words out of my mouth (or keyboard,whatever :P )
I mean,for f*ck's sake! Flash can't get a movie,Wonder Woman can't even get a new TV series,but STRETCH ARMSTRONG GETS A MOVIE?!
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:01 PM
And...I was funny back there.
mgeoff88 - 7/19/2012, 7:03 PM
A gritty Stretch Armstrong movie? OK...

And maybe if this movie does well, this will inspire DC/WB to do Plastic Man and Elastic Man movies.

That's the only upside I could think of for this movie.
Scion - 7/19/2012, 7:06 PM
Brief synopsis: FAIL
musashi - 7/19/2012, 7:13 PM
"gritty actioner"

Hahahahahahahahaha Oh what? They're serious? WTF?
GodzillaKart - 7/19/2012, 7:46 PM
Now a Stretch-Monster movie?...Well!
Mysterion - 7/19/2012, 7:48 PM
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ironknight - 7/19/2012, 7:51 PM
Instead of this I wish DC would get crackin' on a Jim Carrey Plastic Man! I mean the guy was born to play him.
JimmyPesto - 7/19/2012, 7:53 PM


It will be gritty like this!
kingmonkeyman - 7/19/2012, 8:06 PM
Jonah Falcon for Stretch Armstrong
TheAbomination - 7/19/2012, 8:11 PM
ThaReaperAssassin - 7/19/2012, 8:27 PM
@thebatman938865 spot on right there, he needs some side kicks or something for a story to work.
marwash - 7/19/2012, 8:42 PM
oh so this is really happening? good luck with that.
hueyfreeman - 7/19/2012, 8:51 PM
Bandrews1 - 7/19/2012, 8:58 PM
I soon as I read dark and gritty, that's when I relealized that we probably shouldn't take this movie seriously.
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