Joe Carnahan reveals his delayed 'Stretch' is being re-cut, will premiere at film festival this year

By Will Ashton,

Fans of director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) were dealt a heavy blow earlier this year with the news that Stretch, due in theaters March 21, was in limbo after distributor Universal pulled out.

While fans worried that the movie may not be hitting a theater near them anytime soon, Carnahan says fans should fear not. For he is currently retooling the movie, and should have it ready to hit the film festival circuit sometime this year.

Carnahan spoke to Collider at the TCA press tour while promoting the new NBC show State of Affairs, where he serves as executive producer and first episode director, and provided an update on his Stretch. He also discussed candidly about the studio's decision to not pick up his movie.

"When you guys see it, I honestly think people are going to be like, 'Wow! It’s fantastic! I don’t know what all the hub bub was about,'" he said. "But listen, I get it. When you make a movie that inexpensively, you enable a situation whereby people feel like, 'Well, we don’t want to put $40 million toward it.' I get that. In my mind, we were trying to do what they did with the horror genre for action comedies. We wanted to make it really inexpensive."

While he admits that he knows when a movie of his is good or bad, he believes this is not the case for Stretch, a movie he feels simply needs to be fixed up before release.

"That’s so not the case with Stretch," he added. "It’s so good. It’s like a kid running around the house. You clean him up, you give him a hair-cut, you put him in a nice suit, so that he can go out and make a living. That’s all this is, right now. Because it was made at such an impoverished budgetary level, I’ve had to really be resourceful with how it’s being stitched together."

Stretch stars an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta, Brooklyn Decker, Jessica Alba and David Hasselhoff. Despite the movie's low budget, Universal felt that they wouldn't be able to make what they wanted from it through promotional material.

Still, Carnahan and his editor Jason Hellmann (The Grey, Deliver Us From Evil) are right now in the midst of re-cutting the movie.

"That was my long-winded response to say that you needn’t fear," he said. "You will see it...."I’m really excited to have an audience sit with that film and see it the way it’s meant to be seen. That’s really exciting to me. So yes, you will see it this year."

Additionally, the director revealed that the movie will be hitting a film festival in the near future, though not either Toronto International Film Festival or Sundance Film Festival. It will be another one this year, however, and although he is "not going to say which one, and I’m not going to say the theater," he believes that "if you followed me, you could piece it together."

Some sites, including Collider, believe that Fantastic Fest will be where fans may see Stretch for the first time. Whether or not that is true, they should feel happy to know that they will be seeing the new Carnahan movie in the near future.

image courtesy of INFevents.com



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