Despite an optimistic 2014 release date once being set, and Breck Eisner being tapped to direct, the forever-developing “Stretch Armstrong” movie will have to wait for another day as Relativity abandoned the movie last month. There were likely a few factors involved, such as watching big-budget Hasbro movie “Battleship” tank, the lack of a leading man (Relativity bounced Taylor Lautner when they snapped up the rights from Universal) and the fact that no one really wants a “Stretch Armstrong” movie. But we now have a taste of what Relativity had in mind at one point for their picture.
Film Sketcher has posted a 5-minute animatic directed by James Rothwell, based on storyboards by Collin Grant, for what would’ve been “Armstrong.” It’s interesting stuff, as it reveals the movie (at least in its concept stage) was pretty violent (a dude loses a limb early on) and also taken place in an X-Men-like world where there were other people with powers. It’s not hard to imagine that screenwriter Dean Georgaris (“The Manchurian Candidate” remake, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life“) was inspired by the recent wave of comic movies. And oh yeah, there’s a lots of stretching in here too, because that’s kind of the point of this, right?
Anyway, it’s an interesting look at what-could’ve-been and what-might-possibly-be when another studio eventually picks up the rights and tries to make this happen. Until then, watch below. [via I Watch Stuff]