De Vito ready to ‘Stretch’

In a role that would stretch his acting chops to new lengths, Danny DeVito is in talks to topline “Stretch Armstrong” for Caravan Pictures.

Caravan will produce and Doug Draizin and John Osher will executive produce the film, which is based on the 15-inch doll that is filled with corn syrup and that stretches to twice its size.

The story, stemming from the original script by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary, is about a bumbling, warm-hearted scientist and father of two boys, whose life is altered when a potion intended to kill him instead makes his body more malleable than Gumby.

“Stretch” has been a long-in-development project, beginning in 1994 when current Disney topper Joe Roth was a producer with Roger Birnbaum under their Caravan banner and the duo set it up under their deal with Walt Disney Pictures. Disney will distribute the film.

While most of the contortions will be handled by computer imagery, the role requires an accomplished physical actor; in the past, such comedians as Jim Carrey and Tim Allen have been mentioned to star.

DeVito is well-known for his comedic turns, but less so for his physical talents, so the role should offer something of … a stretch. When his deal is finalized, the producers will immediately hire writers to re-write and adjust the character for DeVito.

DeVito is repped by CAA.

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