Watch: Animatic Scene for the Now Defunct 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie
by Ethan Anderton
November 15, 2013
Just last month, we learned that Relativity Media had killed the big screen adaptation of Hasbro's elastic toy Stretch Armstrong. The project had been developing at Relativity after the property fell away from Universal, which once attached Taylor Lautner to lead it, but no one has been able to make it work (we wish the same thing happened with Battleship). We'll never see the story that might have been, but we do get to see one particular scene for Relativity's action adventure that would have been called Armstrong in the form of a five-minute animatic directed by James Rothwell, and there's cool, surprisingly violent, action.
It's pretty interesting that the story takes place in a universe where other people have powers, making Stretch Armstrong not all that special. That sounds like a cool way to spin the toy into an interesting action flick, but it makes it no different from any of the other comic book movies out there. After all, seeing a guy just be stretchy all the time would get boring after awhile. That's why Mr. Fantastic has three other teammates with cool powers to join him. Anyway, you can bet Stretch Armstrong will get picked up by another studio when they run out of other toys, but the property will probably lay dormant for a few years.