Nicholas Stoller is the director behind one of our favorite films, the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then he’s expanded his horizons going from Marshall to Get Him to the Greek to Gulliver’s Travels to Stretch Armstrong. He’s rewriting the live action toy adaptation featuring Taylor Lautner as the title character. Stoller recently spoke to the folks over at Coming Soon where he described Armstrong as “a superhero origin story..kind of like Iron Man” (face palms).
The story for Stretch Armstrong was originally pitched by Rob Letterman and according to Stoller,
“We’re taking it seriously, but it will have a light tone to it. Hasbro has an idea of it and it’s based on a new version of that character. It’s kind of a blank slate. There wasn’t really much of a backstory to the original Stretch Armstrong so we’re just kind of inventing it from the ground up.”
The reason Stretch Armstrong doesn’t have a backstory is because he wasn’t intended to be the subject of a major feature film. Has anyone ever taken that as a warning that this movie shouldn’t be made? If that wasn’t disturbing enough, he places the film in the presence of two respected superhero franchises.
“Rob and I have cracked a pretty cool story I think and Rob has a really cool take on what this can be, and it’s going to be a huge budget spectacular thing. I love ‘Iron Man,’ I love ‘The Dark Knight’ and it’s exciting to get to play in this world, because the budgets of these comedies are pretty small, and to get to do something that’s just gigantic and exciting but a totally grounded human story at the center of it that I think people are going to respond to.”
He has a lot of faith in this film but when we first heard about it our minds didn’t automatically jump to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. If they’re seriously trying to mold this character into that type of image with Lautner in the role, the movie’s bound to fail.
If Stoller wants the film to have a lighter tone like Iron Man, that’s fine but we have a bad feeling about the amount of creative license they’re taking to make Armstrong stand out.
What do you think of Stoller and Letterman’s take of Stretch Armstrong?