'The Crazies' Director Breck Eisner to Helm 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie
Since directing the surprisingly fun and suspenseful horror thriller The Crazies, director Breck Eisner has been linked to projects like Manhunt with Gerard Butler (which is apparently still in development) and the remake of Escape from New York that doesn't seem like it's getting off the ground anytime soon. Now Eisner is going in a slightly different direction as Heat Vision reports he is now negotiating to direct Stretch Armstrong, a film based on the toy which first appeared in 1976. The project has been developing at Relativity after the property fell away from Universal, which once attached Taylor Lautner to lead it.
The project still doesn't have a male lead to play the titular elastic hero, but Tristan + Isolde writer Dean Georgaris has been hired to rework the script. It's not clear if this film is going the route of being very family friendly, or more along the lines of a PG or PG-13 action thriller along the same lines of National Treasure. Honestly, the strength of the franchise will lie heavily upon the shoulders of the star, but who is the right man for the job? Zachary Levi has long been a favorite choice of mine, but perhaps Mark Wahlberg would be good as well, especially if there's comedy and action involved. Is there any hope?