Rumor: Ron Howard Directing the Stretch Armstrong Movie?!

June 13, 2009
Source: BusinessWeek

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer

Say it ain't so! Back in February, Universal announced that they were making a movie based on the action figure Stretch Armstrong. Sure, Transformers is based on a toy as well, but a Stretch Armstrong movie, come on?! Evan Almighty writer Steve Oedekerk had been hired to work on the script, but that's all we knew. Then just last week, Brian Grazer was announced as the producer, which meant this wasn't just a throwaway project. While browsing through BusinessWeek, our friends over at IESB noticed that they specifically say that Oscar winning Frost/Nixon director Ron Howard will be directing it. Really?!

Here's the quote from the BusinessWire piece "With Transformers, Hasbro Morphs Its Toy-Movie Model":

There's more on the way. Hasbro has a movie based on its G.I. Joe toy line coming out on Aug. 7. The company has an April 2011 release for a movie version of its Stretch Armstrong figure, to be directed by Ron Howard. That is part of a six-picture deal the company has with Universal Studios (GE), which included a movie version of Monopoly. Meanwhile, archrival Mattel (MAT) is working on movie versions of Hot Wheels and Major Matt Mason.

While this could, sadly, be true, I think BusinessWeek was just jumping to conclusions. You see, Brian Grazer is a big producer who works with Ron Howard (and Ridley Scott) a lot. I think the magazine assumed that since Grazer was on-board and since Scott was already making Robin Hood, they thought that his attachment meant Ron Howard was directing as well. It was a safe bet, but it doesn't make any sense. Unless, of course, this Stretch Armstrong movie really is very well written and better than any of us ever thought it would be. But could Steve Oedekerk really put together a script like that? I highly doubt it.

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  • Bry from Chi
    Ugh. That's all I can say on this one.
  • Seductive Flamingo
    Don't do it Opie!!!!
  • Fisherr
    Rob Howard Yes, the movie no thank you.
  • Brian
    I say there's a bigger chance Moe Howard will direct it with a little help from Larry and Curly.
  • Bryan
    Come on Ron just give us a damn Arrested Development movie already!
  • Stretching
    YES! 90 Minutes of Ron Howard stretching a doll. Who DOESN'T want that?!
    This whole toy thing with all of these TOYS being made into movies, all of these board probably the most retarded thing that has ever happened to the film industry. Honestly...Ridley Scott has gotten screwed with enough recently, he's getting up there in years, probably not that many films left in him...why have him go out making a deal with the devil on a you know it's going to suck Monopoly movie...i mean, where has God gone to? Does he not care anymore?
  • snickers
    Got to love the Grazerhead.




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