Expanding its seemingly infinite line-up of new programming, Netflix announced it will produce a new animated series based on the gel-stuffed Kenner toy (now owned by Hasbro) that debuted way back in 1976.
Titled Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, it chronicles the exploits of high schooler Jake Armstrong and his two pals Nathan Park and Ricardo Perez, who are all accidentally exposed to a toxic experimental chemical that transforms them into a squad of superheroes.
“Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is the first Hasbro brand to receive a Netflix original series order," said Hasbro Executive Vice President Stephen Davis. "We have been waiting for just the right moment to re-imagine Stretch for a new audience and our friends at Netflix got it right away; they have been a tremendous partner. We have hit a superhero sweet spot, and with Netflix’s global reach, kids across the world will fall in love with its fun characters and action-packed storyline.”
The vocal cast is impressive and includes Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go!) as Jake Armstrong/Stretch, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Nathan Park/Wingspan, Ogie Banks (Ultimate Spider-Man) as Ricardo Perez / Omni-Mass, Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rook, Felicia Day (Supernatural) as Erika, Keith David (Rick and Morty) as Kane, Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black) as Dr. C, and Star Trek's Walter Koenig as Mr. Savic.
Five years ago, Universal announced that it was partnering with Hasbro for a big-budget Stretch Armstrong feature film starring Taylor Lautner, but cooler heads prevailed and the project was dumped. This 26-episode animated version, set to premiere in late 2017, is probably a much safer, cost-effective approach to the material and sounds like an entertaining premise to explore.
And yes, I did have an original Stretch Armstrong growing up, and yes, my brother and I tore it apart to see what was inside ... corn syrup compound!
(Via Geek Tyrant)