Letterman is Directing & Stoller is Rewriting Stretch Armstrong
by Alex Billington
April 20, 2010
I don't want to report on this damn movie any more, but there are some big names. Universal announced today that Rob Letterman, of DreamWorks' Shark Tale, Monsters vs Aliens, and Fox's Gulliver's Travels (his first live-action), will direct the movie. Additionally, they've brought on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek director Nick Stoller to rewrite the script originally written by Steve Oedekerk. Let's not forget that Taylor Lautner (seen above) is still attached to star. Looks like Universal really wants this to be a hit and is making sure they've got their "best" talent working on it (at least on the script side of things).
Unfortunately, the plot is still being kept under warps, so we can't tell you how exactly Armstrong is going to get his stretchiness and/or how he's going to use it, but I can assure you it's going to be stupid. I mean, what else would you expect from a live-action feature version of a 70's toy that had no backstory or abilities other than its extreme stretchiness. Last year it was rumored, for about a day, that Ron Howard might direct this, but everyone knew that was too far-fetched to actually happen. I guess I can say Letterman is a good fit since I haven't enjoyed any of his movies so far and don't expect to enjoy Stretch Armstrong either. Thoughts?