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When Universal decided to abandon director Joe Carnahan's latest action-comedy Stretch, pulling its release date in exchange for a VOD premiere, many feared the worst. But the film has received quite a bit of praise as it nears its Amazon and iTunes release on October 7, followed by its VOD debut on October 14.
The film follows Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur tasked with driving around an eccentric millionaire played by Chris Pine in what can only be described as a departure from his usual roles. Joe Carnahan has shared some behind-the-scenes fun with a blooper reel that highlights Chris Pine's outrageous performance. The actor even goes somewhat nude in this footage.
Just how off the rails is this movie? We'll have to wait until October to find out. For now, take a look at this sneak peek of deleted footage.
Director Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy Stretch was one of my most anticipated films of this spring, so I was quite disappointed when Universal decided to abandon the film’s theatrical release plan at the last minute. Thankfully, the movie is finally set to be released VOD next month, and Carnahan has been doing a fantastic job of handling the film’s marketing duties by himself. The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine). We’ve already seen some images and clips that show off the batshit insanity that we can expect from the movie itself, and today Carnahan released a Stretch gag reel that proves Chris Pine is an untapped well of comedic gold. The guy is funny, and his character looks to be positively off-the-rails. Give me this movie now, please. Hit the »
- Adam Chitwood
Joe Carnahan's action, comedy, thriller Stretch was supposed to have hit theaters earlier this year, all the way back in March, before Universal dropped it from its release calendar. Now the film has something of a release date as Universal Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing it on Video On Demand some time in October, though a specific release date is not yet known. It would appear it's actually going to happen this time, however, as Carnahan has been leading the charge marketing the film, largely on Twitter with new pictures and now four clips (somewhat not safe for work) from the movie. The movie centers on a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) looking to relieve himself of some debt when he starts working for a billionaire who makes his life hell. Along with Wilson the film co-stars Ed Helms, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, David Hasselhoff, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta »
- Brad Brevet
In the last few days, Joe Carnahan has taken to Twitter to promote his film Stretch which was dropped from Sony's release calendar earlier this year. Now, with several clips and images flooding online, we have a look at the gag reel for the film. Featuring a lot of scenes with Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine, Stretch looks like a batshit fun time at the movies. The best way I can explain how this looks like Smokin' Aces meets the BMW short film series The Hire. Wilson looks good and Pine »
- Alex Maidy
Since 2011’s “The Grey,” director Joe Carnahan has had trouble mounting a followup. First there was his failed pitch for “Daredevil,” then the creative differences with MGM on the “Death Wish” remake, but it looked as if things had turned the corner for the “Narc” filmmaker when he completed work on the low-budget thriller “Stretch.” That is, until Universal dropped the title from its schedule earlier this year. But the Patrick Wilson-starring film is set to premiere on VOD next month, and a few clips have surfaced to give us a glimpse at the delayed film. The high concept thriller follows Wilson as a chauffeur whose night on the job gets crazier thanks to the demands of his billionaire client (played by Chris Pine). Wilson's wild evening brings him into the orbit of a cast that includes Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Coming from Smokin' Aces, The Grey, and Narc director Joe Carnahan, Stretch looks absolutely insane!! Filled with some big name cameos and general off the wall weirdness, the movie stars Patrick Wilson as a limo driver whose life is turned into living by an eccentric billionaire, and also stras Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, and Jessica Alba. No concrete release date has been given for the movie as of yet, but it's social media campaign is already in full swing, and if the rest of the movie is as weird and wonderful as the below clips (yes, that is a blood soaked Norman Reedus playing himself), you will definitely want to get in on Stretch at the ground floor. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
We got our first glimpse at images from Joe Carnahan's newest film Stretch just about a week ago, but the movie's social media campaign has been going bonkers since then. There have been plenty of alt-posters, behind-the-scenes images revealing cameos and guest stars, and lots of general blanket insanity. Now, the first clips from the film are making their way online, and boy are they delightfully strange. They're short, but efficient in their weirdness and humor, plus you get your first look at star Patrick Wilson and co-stars Chris Pine, Norman Reedus, and Ed Helms. It's a great introduction to what's sure to be a balls-to-the-wall crazy film. Hit the jump to check out the first clips, along with a bonus image from Stretch. Check out the first clips from Stretch below: Are you a fire starter? Then caption this photo! Winner will be decided by @carnojoe and receive a signed DVD! »
- Dave Trumbore
With films such as Narc, The A-Team and The Grey under his belt, you would think it would a little easier these days for director Joe Carnahan to get his films made. However, his latest film Stretch, a low-budget thriller made with small-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was due to bow in March this year, but was dropped by Universal earlier in the year.
The film, which is now set to debut on VOD this month, has some big talent involved, including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious), Ed Harris (The Rock, Snowpiercer), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Brooklyn Dekker (Battleship), and Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), but it seems even they were not enough for the studio to fully back the film.
According to Deadline, Blumhouse is launching a new venture, Bh Tilt, aimed at putting together multi-platform releases »
- Scott Davis
With Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, Stretch, Blumhouse is hoping to do for action what the production company has done for horror: make a project with low risk, high reward. Their movies cost peanuts compared to most major releases. If they make a hit, it’s a major success. If they put out a bomb, nobody is going to the poorhouse. It’s a great business model that’s mostly been used for horror movies. They’ve stepped outside of their wheelhouse every now and then, to mixed results. For example, Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush was a melodramatic rock ‘n’ roll sex thriller that, despite being Hardwicke’s most fun movie in a years, went unnoticed. Hopefully that won’t be the case for Stretch. The film was originally going to be released by Universal back in March, but they dropped the picture two months before its scheduled debut. The studio was unwilling dish out the money »
- Jack Giroux
Sometimes a studio finds themselves sitting on a movie that they have no clue about selling to the public. When faced with a prospect such as this, a studio can do one of two things: they can either give it their best shot and hope for the best, or they can shelve the movie and quietly release it without much help, either on VOD or Blu-ray. We've already seen the former scenario happen with Edge Of Tomorrow, which made the most money for a Tom Cruise film in the last nine years, all with a lackluster marketing strategy. Unfortunately, it seems the latter scenario is about to run its course this October with Joe Carnahan's latest film, Stretch. Thankfully, the word is getting out somewhat through Twitter. The film's official Twitter feed has been working overtime ever since its inception five days ago, feeding the public everything from parody »
The film also stars Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba. You get a look at most of these character in the photos provided. That's a crazy-looking Pine in the image above. It looks like it have that same awesome style and tone of Carnhan's Smokin' Aces, so it should be a fun ride.
Carnahan made the film for around $5 million, and I'm very excited about seeing it. You can check out the image and a couple of brief clips below, and I have no idea what »
- Joey Paur
For those of you who haven't heard of Stretch, it is Joe Carnahan's (Smoking Aces, Narc) latest film baby with an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms and Ray Liotta. The story centers around a chauffeur (Wilson) who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire (Pine). As the night goes on, their interaction leads to dangerous encounters. While it was originally slated for March, Universal dropped it like a hot potato and it's been »
- Sean Wist
Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Stretch" comedy thriller, starring Chris Pine, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta, Randy Couture, James Badge Dale, Ed Helms and David Hasselhoff. Check everything out below. Plot: The story focuses on a down-on-his-luck limo driver named Stretch (Wilson) who discovered he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, Stretch vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could settle his score. As the night grows stranger and Stretch is pushed into some dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. The new movie is directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), who shot the film for under $5 million. It will likely not get a theatrical release. »
Blumhouse Pictures ("Insidious," "The Purge") is set to launch Bh Tilt, a venture that aims to give multi-platform releases to the smaller films it crafts for Universal Pictures says Deadline.
Blumhouse produces numerous films a year, and quite a few are movies the larger studio doesn't see as having enough mass appeal to justify the expense of a full theatrical release. As a result, this often edgy micro budget indie fare will now instead find a home on VOD platforms.
The new label begins with the "Creep" trilogy by the Duplass Brothers. The most notable inclusions are Joe Carnahan's "Stretch" and the remake of "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" which are both slated to score direct-to-digital releases next month.
- Garth Franklin
Although Blumhouse releases annual lineups of profitable and widely watched genre titles (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and the Insidious franchises), horror hounds know the production company has many projects suspended in picture purgatory. But Blumhouse announced today the launch of a new label, Bh Tilt, that will specialize in distributing these gestating fright films as non-wide release titles.
A multi-platform banner, Bh Tilt is set to distribute a number of titles horror fans have been eager to see for quite some time, including Bryan Bertino’s (2008’s The Strangers) long-awaited sophomore effort, Mockingbird, and the Chandler Riggs-starring Mercy, based on Stephen King’s 1984 short story, Gramma.
Also on the movie menu is Joe Carnahan’s Stretch, the not-yet-completed Creep trilogy from director Patrick Brice (and starring Mark Duplass), and Joe Johnston’s office invasion film, Not Safe for Work.
Not to be forgotten as a movie on Bh Tilt »
- Derek Anderson
It’s no secret that Jason Blum and his production outlet, Blumhouse Productions, dig low budgets. It’s their nature – they’re primarily interested in horror. This is why today’s unveiling is a pivotal moment for the little-genre-that-could. Blumhouse Productions have launched a new label, Bh Tilt, with the sole purpose of enabling Blumhouse filmmakers (and whoever else wants to come and play) the potential to release their movies through a multi-platform model. This means a change to the distribution framework, allowing fans multiple options to access the latest horror smashes. Snuck into the announcement over at Deadline was a word that’ll no doubt bring much joy to Joe Carnahan: Stretch.
Produced by Jason Blum and directed by Carnahan, Stretch was given a raw deal by Universal. When it came to marketing the $5 million grit-fest, the studio pulled out. Apparently they weren’t keen to dish out »
- Gem Seddon
It's only yesterday that we were talking about one movie that got caught in limbo, and now another has come up, or at least resurfaced. "The A-Team" and "The Grey" director Joe Carnahan spent last year working on a low-budget thriller called "Stretch," about a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) who chauffeurs around a billionaire (Chris Pine) who's trying to sell his book of criminal contacts. Produced by micro-budget horror specialists Blumhouse, the film was originally meant to be released by Universal back in March, but only two months ahead of the opening date, it was dropped unceremoniously by the studio, who apparently didn't feel justified in spending the hefty marketing costs on a wide release, despite the small investment. Carnahan shopped the picture to other studios, but no one bit, and little was heard in the meantime. But in the last few days, Carnahan started sharing the first images from »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has been in the can for awhile and pulled through the ringer by Universal. After the studio snatched away a $40 million marketing budget, the flick has languished in post-production. It’s even getting re-cut. The story of a “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back” doubles as a brief summary for the film’s production woes.
Even if there’s no official release, that ain’t gonna stop Carnahan from self-promotion. Taking to Twitter, the director has been publishing a slew of pics and a brief video clip from the movie. For such a bold filmmaker, it’s frustrating to see the lack of support from the studio – this has all the markings of a cult smash. Carnahan has hinted that he hopes for a festival premiere sometime this fall, after the re-edit. »
- Gem Seddon
Joe Carnahan shot a film called Stretch last year, with Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Patrick Wilson, and Brooklyn Decker in the cast. Originally set to be released by Universal, it’s not your average studio movie — for instance, that’s Chris Pine in the film, above. Pine’s character is a billionaire who has a shady deal […]
- Russ Fischer
Stretch: Director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) released the first images from Stretch, his upcoming action-comedy starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and Jessica Alba. Carnahan is preparing a new version of the low-budget thriller and hopes to premiere it at a film festival before the end of the year. [Twitter via Collider] Iron Man 4: We're heard rumors since the release of Iron Man 3 that it might be the end of the road for the super-heroic character in a stand-alone series, and now Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there are no current plans for Iron Man 4. "There isn't one in the pipe," he stated. The actor will, however, play Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron, due out next year, and is also signed for one more Avengers adventure, which is...
- Peter Martin
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