One of the fun things about Hollywood turning board games into movies is that a writer gets to make up a complete new story behind the already established entity. Usually the stories cooked up are pretty predictable (the Battleship movie will be an “epic naval action adventure”). But when we saw that Taylor Lautner would start in a movie based on Stretch Armstrong, we were hoping Universal would surprise us. Would it be a somber drama about an entire stretchy family and the suffering their disorder causes? Or would be about a stretchy basketball player who dominates the NBA with his unstoppable stretch dunk? Or maybe it would be about a stretchy martial arts expert who can kick anyone on earth at anytime without leaving his dojo?
Neither, sadly. Instead the script tells the story of an “uptight spy who stumbles across a stretching formula, which he takes and must now adjust to in everyday life and when fighting crime.” Well, at least it will be in 3-D.
Taylor Lautner to star as ‘Stretch Armstrong’ [Heat Vision/HR]