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Jessica Alba Joins Joe Carnahan’s ‘Stretch’

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have added another big name to their micro-budget action-comedy Stretch. Jessica Alba joins Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine, and Brooklyn Decker in a supporting role in the pic directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey). Stretch follows a limo driver (Wilson) on his last shift who picks up a billionaire (Pine) whose freaky special requests get darker as the night rolls on. The March 21, 2014 release is being produced by Jason Blum as part of his first-look deal with Universal. Carnahan is also producing with Tracy Falco and Leon Corcos. Nila Najand will co-produce. Charles Layton is aboard as executive producer. Alba just wrapped Film Arcade’s A.C.O.D. and appears in IFC’s Will Ferrell fronted spoof The Spoils Of Babylon. She returns to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City franchise next summer in Dimension’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Alba is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.

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Universal And Blumhouse Set ‘Stretch’ As Follow Up To Micro-Hit ‘Purge’; Joe Carnahan Directs

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has signed on to distribute North American and U.K. on Stretch, the Joe Carnahan-directed action comedy from Blumhouse Productions. It will be released March 21, 2014. The film, which stars Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker, becomes the second micro-budget genre movie in the first-look deal that Jason Blum’s Blumhouse signed with the studio. They got off to a flying start on that deal with The Purge, the $3 million film that was released June 7 and so far has grossed north of $55 million domestic, with a sequel in the works.

Universal has set a March 21 release date for the under-$5 million Stretch, which stars Wilson as a limo driver who discovers he only has one shift left to pay off a big debt, and he rolls the dice. When the chauffeur picks up a reclusive billionaire (Pine) with some deviant appetites, the driver vows to fulfill the guy’s every request, no matter how weird, to score the big tip that could square him. But as the night grows stranger and the driver is pushed into some very dangerous encounters, he worries that the freak in his back seat might just be his final fare. Blum is producing, and so are Carnahan and Tracy Falco. Leon Corcos and Nila … Read More »

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