Battleship and Stretch Armstrong Move to 2012

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Earlier tonight, news broke that Twilight star Taylor Lautner had signed on to play the title character in the upcoming 3-D superhero adventure Stretch Armstrong. What we didn’t know at the time is that the announcement coincides with a release date shift for Hasbro’s big screen adaptations.

The “epic action-adventure” film Battleship will now hit theaters on Memorial Day weekend — May 25th 2012, while Stretch Armstrong has also been moved back to a To be announced 2012 release as well. Battleship was originally set to hit theaters on August 5th 2011, and Armstrong was originally announced with an April 11th 2011 release. You can read the press release from Universal/Hasbro that explains the reasons behind the schedule changes after the jump.

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Yeah, you read that headline correctly. Somehow it makes sense that the kid who was in one of the early unnecessary entries of the current wave of 3D movies, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl 3D, will now topline one of the latest unnecessary entries in the current wave of 3D movies. But while Taylor Lautner starring in a 3D Stretch Armstrong film may make a vaguely weird sort of sense from that slim perspective, we don’t have to like it. Read More »

Is Ron Howard Directing Stretch Armstrong?

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A couple weeks ago we told you that Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) had signed on to produce the Steve Oedekerk-scripted big screen adaptation of Stretch Armstrong. The film is part of Universal’s multi-picture development deal with Hasbro to turn board games and toys into a series of possibly horrible probably pointless movies. For Stretch Armstrong, they even have a release date – April 15, 2011. So who is going to direct? How about Ron Howard?

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Back in February, we told you that Steve Oedekerk was developing a big screen adaptation of Stretch Armstrong as part of Universal’s deal with Hasbro to turn board games and toys into a series of possibly horrible probably pointless movies. Well it appears the film is going into production, and even has a release date – April 15, 2011. Ugh.

Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) has come on board to produce the project. Grazer issued the following statement: “Stretch Armstrong is a character I have wanted to see on screen for a long time. He’s an unconventional kind of super hero with a power that no one would want. It’s a story about a guy stretching – if you will – the limits of what is possible to become all that he can be.”
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