If you were to run into me on the street and ask me who the most underrated working director is, Joe Carnahan would be a name that would come to mind. He’s proven adept at directing excellent action films (Smokin Aces, The A-Team) and smaller character-driven dramas (Narc, The Grey). Surprisingly though, he’s run into trouble at almost every corner to get his films made, eventually teaming up with low-budget wunderkind Jason Blum of Blumhouse Pictures to make Stretch. The film follows a limo driver (Patrick Wilson) and the hellish night he endures after agreeing to drive around a mysterious client (an epically bearded Chris Pine) who promises to erase his debt.
The film was set to be released in March of this year before getting dropped by Universal
because studios have become so mindless they can’t figure out to make a profit off of a $5 million film so that they could explore alternative release options. Nevertheless, Blumhouse and Carnahan have stuck to their film, and Deadline reports that Blumhouse has created BH Tilt to release films like this on VOD platforms with the possibility of a theatrical release. Marketing has kicked off for the film on social media, with the film’s twitter posting photos and small clips. The Film Stage also reports that the film is being aimed for VOD release sometime in October. I hope that’s true, because this has been one of my most anticipated films of the year for some time and I look forward to not waiting another year for it, even if it only sees a VOD release. Check out the photos and video below.
The film stars Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, James Badge Dale, Ray Liotta and Jessica Alba.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97W9VKBwsSM&w=560&h=315] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JOthLUcAG0&w=560&h=315]
Source: The Film Stage