Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’ to Be Released Digitally in October

By September 9, 2014

It’s been a tough road for Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch. The movie – which sounds awesome – was unceremoniously dropped from Universal’s release schedule only two months before it was supposed to hit theaters. From what I can gather, the main reason for that was financial: the film reportedly cost $5 million to make, but the studio would have had to put another $20-$40 million into advertising it, which means that’d be $20-$40 million more the studio would have to make back in order to make a profit. The studio didn’t feel like ponying up the cash, so the film has been sitting in limbo since early this year.

But thanks to a new report from Deadline, we know that we’ll be able to see the movie in 2014 after all – and pretty soon, too. The report details the opening of a new branch of Blumhouse Productions (the company responsible for Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and other low cost/high profit films) called BH Tilt, which will generate movies from Blumhouse and other companies for multi-platform releases. One of the first projects out of the gate will be Stretch, which Universal Home Entertainment will release digitally in October, though an exact date hasn’t been reported yet.

In case you need a refresher, Stretch stars Patrick Wilson as a down-and-out limo driver with a gambling problem. When he discovers he’s only one job away from paying off his bookie, he takes a gig escorting a mysterious reclusive billionaire (Chris Pine) with some devious – and possibly dangerous – tastes. As the night goes on, things get weirder and weirder, and the driver wonders if this depraved client might be his last. Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Brooklyn Decker, James Badge Dale, and Shaun Toub co-star, and Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff play themselves in the film. It sounds like a weird and wonderful return to Carnahan’s low budget roots. The film has a Twitter page, which has released a handful of images for the movie recently. Check those out below:








What do you think? Looks pretty nuts, right? I’m hoping this will be one of the better surprises of 2014.

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