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Joe Carnahan comments about Stretch after Universal drops it from their release calendar

Jan. 22, 2014by:

Joe Carnahan is not exactly the most subtle person on the planet. Known for not having much of a filter when it comes to his opinions on Hollywood, Carnahan has had a bit of trouble getting some passion projects made in recent years. His DAREDEVIL project got nixed when Disney regained the rights to the character and his profane email regarding the DEATH WISH remake was pretty popular a few months back.

It looks like Carnahan is actually taking the more mature route regarding his latest film, STRETCH, which The Hollywood Reporter said was being dropped from Universal's release schedule. The $5 million budgeted film was produced by PARANORMAL ACTIVITY's Blumhouse Productions. Universal allowed Carnahan and Blum to shop for other distributors and were unable to find one. So, now STRETCH has no release date.

In STRETCH, Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire, played in a cameo by Chris Pine. As the night goes on, their interaction leads to dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms and Ray Liotta also appear in the film.

That sounds like a pretty badass movie, so why isn't it seeing the light of day? According to Joe Carnahan, there is no reason to worry.

Unlike other Blumhouse films like THE PURGE or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, STRETCH is not a horror film and seems to fit a more niche audience. Universal may not have wanted to spend four times the budget of the film on marketing due to the stars involved only to have it not turn a profit. What is a shame is that the movie was slated for March 21, 2014 where it would have served as nice counter-programming to MUPPETS MOST WANTED and DIVERGENT. Still, the studio may not have thought it could compete with those movies. Here's hoping that we see STRETCH sooner than later.

Source: Twitter

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7:56PM on 01/22/2014
I was looking forward to this: really hope someone else picks it up soon. The premise sounds funny and Carnahan directs comedy well. Don't care what anyone says, A-Team was great!
I was looking forward to this: really hope someone else picks it up soon. The premise sounds funny and Carnahan directs comedy well. Don't care what anyone says, A-Team was great!
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8:43AM on 01/23/2014
Almost sounds like it has a bit of Collateral about it.
This is no bad thing.
Almost sounds like it has a bit of Collateral about it.
This is no bad thing.
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4:31PM on 01/22/2014
I tweeted him last week about a trailer and he replied it would be out soon. Got me so stoked. He's recently posted that we will get to see it this year.
I tweeted him last week about a trailer and he replied it would be out soon. Got me so stoked. He's recently posted that we will get to see it this year.
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10:09PM on 01/22/2014
That synopsis and involved cast actually sounds pretty badass. Hopefully we get to see it soon.

It's too bad we won't be getting his version of Daredevil. I think he would have done a really great job of bringing the character to life and would have probably casted Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, etc since he enjoys working with the same people with each of his films.
That synopsis and involved cast actually sounds pretty badass. Hopefully we get to see it soon.

It's too bad we won't be getting his version of Daredevil. I think he would have done a really great job of bringing the character to life and would have probably casted Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, etc since he enjoys working with the same people with each of his films.
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3:39PM on 01/22/2014

Weird choice

If it only cost $5 million why not just spend $5 million on marketing? They give $5 million to lead no. 3 or 4 in blockbuster productions. Seems like a weird cost-cutting choice. I think they must have REALLY hated it to simply drop the whole thing, not even give it a VOD release.
If it only cost $5 million why not just spend $5 million on marketing? They give $5 million to lead no. 3 or 4 in blockbuster productions. Seems like a weird cost-cutting choice. I think they must have REALLY hated it to simply drop the whole thing, not even give it a VOD release.
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4:06PM on 01/22/2014
apparently it costs upwards of 20 million to just put a movie in the theatre, and that has nothing to do with its budget. [link]
apparently it costs upwards of 20 million to just put a movie in the theatre, and that has nothing to do with its budget. [link]
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