Nicholas Stoller Will Make Taylor Lautner A Funny Stretch Armstrong
The prospect of the Stretch Armstrong movie starring Taylor Lautner just got a hell of a lot more appealing. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Nicholas Stoller, the director behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the upcoming Get Him To The Greek, has signed on to direct the film along with Rob Letterman, who gave us last year's Monsters vs. Aliens.
Not only that, but Stoller will rewrite the original screenplay by Steve Oedekerk, which means we're trading in something written by the guy who did Evan Almighty in favor for something written by the guy who gave us the Dracula musical. Letterman and Stoller have also worked together before, on the highly anticipated (by me anyway) comedy take on Gulliver's Travels, starring Jason Segel.
I have no idea how Lautner, who seems like a charming enough kid, will fit into what's obviously becoming a comedic take on the material. But seriously, thank whatever deity you prefer that they're taking it in this direction. Up until this point I was imagining a Stretch Armstrong movie done in the style of G.I. Joe and Transformers, full of action scenes and explosions. Now, at bare minimum, we'll get a goofy story about a kid whose arm can stretch real long. Granted it could still turn out terrible, but at least it might be an original kind of terrible. Or who knows? For the first time Lautner might show up in a movie that's actually worth your time.
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