Relativity Media has partnered with global branded play company Hasbro, Inc. [NASDAQ-HAS] to develop and produce a live-action tent-pole film based on Stretch Armstrong, the iconic action hero figure launched in the 1970s, it was announced today by Relativity's Co-President, Tucker Tooley and Hasbro's President and CEO, Brian Goldner.
Relativity will be the domestic distributor and will release the film internationally through its network of foreign output partners. The film is targeted for an April 11, 2014 release date.
The film will be produced by Relativity's CEO, Ryan Kavanaugh (Mirror Mirror), Hasbro's Brian Goldner (Battleship) and Bennett Schneir, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Motion Pictures (Battleship). Tucker Tooley (Hunter Killer) will serve as executive producer.
Hasbro has become an entertainment powerhouse by creating hit movies and television shows from its rich portfolio of world class brands. Since 2007, Hasbro's Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra franchises have grossed nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office. 2012 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Hasbro with its partners Universal Pictures releasing Battleship in April and Paramount Pictures releasing G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation in June. In television, Hasbro Studios produces shows like Transformers: Prime and My Little Pony that can be seen on the HUB television network in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries globally.
"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Hasbro, a company whose global reach and ability to innovate has made them immensely successful in the arena of brand re-imagination-- as evidenced by their legacy of creating such franchises as Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," said Tucker Tooley, "We look forward to bringing Stretch Armstrong to audiences worldwide."
"Stretch Armstrong is a great example of Hasbro's rich portfolio of intellectual properties that we are continuing to develop globally," said Brian Goldner, "We are excited to partner with Relativity on this movie as they are a growing and innovative studio."
Stretch Armstrong is the classic action hero figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976 and re-launched in the 90's, sold successfully throughout North America and in markets across the world. The original Stretch Armstrong's unique design broke free of traditional action figures, as he could be stretched over and over and always returned back to his original size. The nostalgic toy is considered to be rare and collectible to this day.