The last time I wrote about Stretch Armstrong, my head was exploding because of how much I loathed the idea. Some time has passed and I've collected every cranial fragment and reconstructed my skull, but i still think a Stretch Armstrong movie sounds like the worst thing since the Third Reich. However, Universal Pictures looks ready to try to change my mind with their selection of writer and director.
Rob Letterman, co-director of Dreamworks Animation's Monsters vs Aliens, will sit in the director's chair and Nicholas Stoller, the co-writer of the very funny Forgetting Sarah Marshall, will work on the script. This allows me to jump to one conclusion: Stretch Armstrong will be a comedy, or at least an action movie with heavy comedic elements. This is definitely more palatable than a "serious" film about a man with a super-stretching ability (at least Mr. Fantastic was one of four characters with superpowers that couldn't carry an entire film on their own).
Letterman seems like a director with his heart in the right place and Stoller has earned a fistful of trust. So let's see what they come up with. More importantly, let's see if the toy company will actually give them the freedom to attempt to make a halfway decent movie.
Stretch will be played by that dreamy Twilight stick-in-the-werewolf-mud, Taylor Lautner (the second worst thing since the Third Reich), so expect Mr. Armstrong to have his shirt off as much as humanly possible so you can see his rock hard abdominal muscles stretch "up to four times his size." If they do pursue a comedic route, can this guy actually be funny?
I promise that I'm not being negative for the sake of being negative. It's just that this entire idea turns me off in the biggest way. No clue when this things hits theaters, but it can't get here soon enough! Right? Oh, what's that? My sarcasm is showing? Oh dear. I better be careful. My head could explode again.
(Via Coming Soon)