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'Stretch Armstrong' secures writer and director

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Stretch Armstrong — starring one Taylor Lautner — is becoming more of a reality as Universal Pictures attaches both a writer and a director to the property based on the beloved Hasbro toy from the ’70s and ’80s. Rob Letterman, the director behind last year’s animated hit Monsters vs. Aliens, will pair with Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), who just finished directing Get Him to the Greek. The two recently worked together on Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming winter pic Gulliver’s Travels, with Stoller writing the latest draft of the film that Letterman directed. (He shares credit on Gulliver’s with Joe Stillman.) In the case of Stretch, Stoller will do a rewrite of the original screenplay from Steve Oedekerk.