Wednesday, June 17, 2009



"IESB is reporting that the Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty, Kung Pow) penned Stretch Armstrong movie may have a director in the form of Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13). The news comes from an article in Business Wire that notes that the movie industry is looking to toy lines to make movies instead of the other way around as has been the case (for the most part) up until this point. Here is the quote from the report:

'There’s more [movies based on toys] on the way. Hasbro has a movie based on its G.I. Joe toy line coming out on Aug. 7. The company has an April 2011 release for a movie version of its Stretch Armstrong figure, to be directed by Ron Howard. That is part of a six-picture deal the company has with Universal Studios (GE), which included a movie version of Monopoly. Meanwhile, archrival Mattel (MAT) is working on movie versions of Hot Wheels and Major Matt Mason.'"

Okay, not a huge fan of Ron Howard's movies, (The Da Vinci Code, especially - take a wild guess why) but I could tolerate Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, just to watch Jim Carrey. But this wouldn't shock me if it is true. I mean, he hasn't directed a light-hearted movie since Grinch! Maybe he's just sick and tired of doing dramatic movies and wants to do a comedy once in a while.

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