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Thursday 18 December 2014

Patrick Wilson film's final Stretch

Patrick Wilson stars as a scheming limo driver in Stretch
Patrick Wilson stars as a scheming limo driver in Stretch

Patrick Wilson's low budget action comedy Stretch is getting a re-cut, following Universal's decision to drop the movie, director Joe Carnahan has revealed.

The Grey director defended the film - which boasts an all-star cast including Chris Pine, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Ray Liotta and David Hasselhoff - against the studio's decision to drop it, in an interview with Collider.com.

Joe said: "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 hubbub was about.'

"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."

Patrick stars as Stretch, an unlucky limo driver to a reclusive billionaire with "deviant appetites", played by Chris. Stretch sees this new client as a way of paying off his gambling debts, and goes out of his way to fulfil the billionaire's every whim in a bid to land a huge tip, but things get out of control.

The director hinted the studio's decision to drop the movie came from the film's low budget gradually growing out of control.

But he added: "It was made at such an impoverished budgetary level, I've had to really be resourceful with how it's being stitched together. Because I want it to be like a really beautiful suit, it takes time. You don't have the means or the money or the resources to just throw endless amounts of dough at it."

Joe explained he was heading back to the editing studio and hopes to debut the film at a festival later this year.

He said: "Jason Hellmann, who cut The Grey, The Blacklist and State Of Affairs for me, and I are re-cutting it right now and just doing little things to it. He was busy. He was doing Deliver Us From Evil, so I couldn't get him.

"But, I finally got him. So, watching it come together with a guy that I have such a creative shorthand with is so wonderful and so much fun. It opens up in all these ways that I didn't consider before. So, that was my long-winded response to say that you needn't fear. You will see it."

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