Joe Carnahan last captivated audiences with his man vs. wolf survival tale "The Grey", starring Liam Neeson. His latest project "Stretch", adopts a more action-comedy genre and boasted a cast including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Brooklyn Decker and Ray Liotta. Everything seemed to be going according to plan as the production aimed for a March 21 release date, until Universal Pictures put the kibosh on the release yesterday.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, took a break from his cult horror flicks to produce this film. Universal reportedly decided it was not worth investing another $20-$40 million marketing the $5 million picture, so instead pumped the breaks.
Blum has been trying to find a new distributor for the film but has not been successful, so the rights therefore resorted back to Universal. They now have full power to determine what kind of release, if theatrically at all, the film will have.
Carnahan turned to twitter to fill fans in on the news. Check out his tweets below:
"Guys. Bottom line. STRETCH is f*cking great. It's funny. It's touching. It's unique and @patrickwilson73 is absolutely brilliant in it."
"I can talk sh*t & argue with that idiotic @THR story but brass tacks, that movie works & you will all be fast fans of it when you see it."
"I think it's as good or better than my best film & say that from the bottom of my heart. This movie will make it to you, trust me."
"Guys, the movie is gonna find its audience & that audience will love it. Whether that happens now or later is irrelevant. It's gonna happen."
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