Steve Oedekerk Writing Stretch Armstrong Movie
by Alex Billington
February 13, 2009
So Universal is making a Stretch Armstrong movie? For fuck's sake! I'm sorry, but they've crossed the line. I can accept Hasbro inspired movies like Candy Land, because that could be fun in a cinematic way, but Stretch Armstrong? Of course, you can already guess what it'll be about - a superhero comedy based on the toy Stretch Armstrong. Steve Oedekerk, of Patch Adams, Jimmy Neutron, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty, has been hired to put together a screenplay. "They are drawing filmmakers who find a real emotional connection and resonance, and this is proving to be a compelling driver for motion pictures."
This isn't the first time a Stretch Armstrong movie has been pitched. Apparently Disney tried to put one together in 1998 with Danny DeVito that fell through and later again with Jackie Chan. Even if this makes it to theaters, it's going to fail. No word on who will be directing, but no matter who they find, it's guaranteed to suck. I never owned a Stretch Armstrong doll when I was kid, but I knew about them. I don't think they were ever a big hit either, were they? Whatever the case, this is still the stupidest idea I've heard in a long time, even over most remakes. The worst is that Oedekerk is going to write one hell of a bad script.