Blum On Carnahan’s “Stretch,” “Jem” Movie

“The Grey” and “Smokin Aces” director Joe Carnahan’s controversial new drama “Stretch” was pulled from the release calendar a while back with many wondering when we will ever get to see it.

The story stars Patrick Wilson as a chauffeur whose new ride is a devious billionaire (Chris Pine). Their night together leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also star.

Universal had planned a wide release but essentially dropped the movie soon after scheduling it. The film’s producer Jason Blum has now spoken about the release date incident and says there is a chance it could end up at Toronto this year. He tells Collider:

“What happened with it was that all of the movies that we make, we don’t announce and date them wide until they’re finished. We got ahead of ourselves with Stretch and dated the movie.

The movie is no different than a lot of the movies that we’ve done that haven’t gone wide, like Catherine Hardwicke’s movie Plush, Barry Levinson’s movie The Bay, Rob Zombie’s movie The Lords of Salem. It fits not genre wise, but model wise. It’s gonna come out, but it’s just not gonna be on 3,000 screens. It’s gonna be on 300 screens. It’s gonna be a limited release, not a wide release.

So, you guys will get to see the movie, and I will bet you a nickel that, when you see the movie, you’ll be like, ‘Oh, my god, this is really cool!’ It was our mistake. The movie is more quirky and independent-feeling than Joe [Carnahan] or I anticipated it would be, so it belongs with that kind of distribution, as opposed to wide distribution.

Blum also talked about the “Jem and the Holograms” movie, saying filming begins in three weeks and the movie is targeting a PG rating.