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Director Peter Berg states that Battleship does not have 'any direct correlation to the game'

03.23.2012by: Marcey Papandrea

To be honest, the idea of a film based on a type of board game just seemed lazy to me. However with BATTLESHIP, at least to me this seemed like just an ‘idea’ and use of the title, because from what we have seen, the game of Battleship was nothing like this! In fact the film feels like a cross between TRANSFORMERS and BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, and it could go either way in terms of quality.

Peter Berg, the director of the film recently conducted an interview with Heat Vision where we naturally spoke about the film, and made mention of the game connection.

When asked about the film being faithful to the game, his response was “Battleship’s a unique experience. It certainly doesn’t have any direct correlation to the game. That being said, it was a lot of fun to try to find way to reference the game. If you look at the ordinance that the enemies use, it looks a bit like pegs. Both of our ships’ radar systems have trouble seeing each other, so they gotta try and predict where the enemy is so that they can go after them.” He also added that he hopes fans of the game will enjoy the references.

He also made mention of the intention with the film, which I found rather interesting. “Battleship was intended to be a film that is truly a fun experience in the movie theater. It doesn’t mean it’s not scary, it doesn't mean it's not intense, it doesn't mean you don't get sad. I wanted to make a fun film, so shoot me if that's a crime. I actually wanted to make a film that a 40-year-old lieutenant from the Marines, back from three tours in Iraq can come home and take his wife and kids to and for two hours just have a really good time in the movies.”

Also just released for the film is a new video, showcasing ... aliens! You can check that out below!

BATTLESHIP hits screens in the US on May 18th, so we shall see how it ultimately turns out then.

Extra Tidbit: BATTLESHIP marks singer Rihanna's (above) feature film acting debut.
Source: Heat Vision

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3:57PM on 03/23/2012
I still say this flick looks like everything that lured us into seeing the Transformers movies, minus all the Michael Bay bullshit (racism, drugs, whiny douchebags in a movie about toys for 8 year olds.) I really like Peter Berg as an action director (The Rundown, the Kingdom) and he knows how to create & maintain a plotline with likable characters. So I'm kind of rooting for him now as a Michael Bay alternative.

This flick could end up like Battle: Los Angeles and be a hell of a lot of fun
I still say this flick looks like everything that lured us into seeing the Transformers movies, minus all the Michael Bay bullshit (racism, drugs, whiny douchebags in a movie about toys for 8 year olds.) I really like Peter Berg as an action director (The Rundown, the Kingdom) and he knows how to create & maintain a plotline with likable characters. So I'm kind of rooting for him now as a Michael Bay alternative.

This flick could end up like Battle: Los Angeles and be a hell of a lot of fun by getting straight to the military-vs-alien action.
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12:22PM on 03/23/2012

Meh

I guess im not feeling this movie at all...the trailer just screams Transformers..i dont know....prob check out the trailer again.
I guess im not feeling this movie at all...the trailer just screams Transformers..i dont know....prob check out the trailer again.
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12:22PM on 03/23/2012
completely agree, dfens, what a bunch of nonsense. just say 'yeah, we wanted to exploit the game, it's aimed at the transformers crowd, and we didn't really pay attention to the script.' that would at least gain (a shred of) my respect.
completely agree, dfens, what a bunch of nonsense. just say 'yeah, we wanted to exploit the game, it's aimed at the transformers crowd, and we didn't really pay attention to the script.' that would at least gain (a shred of) my respect.
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11:08AM on 03/23/2012
Berg should cut the bullshit. The only intention here was to make as much money as possible with the least possible financial or creative risk. Blatantly cashing in on the success of Transformers. Lazily cashing in on the Battleship brand name. Casting Rihanna for her, er, acting ability. And now trying to claim he's doing it all for the troops? Wow. Words cannot describe just how cynical this is.
Oh, and before someone respond with the usual criticism of snobbery, I have nothing against
Berg should cut the bullshit. The only intention here was to make as much money as possible with the least possible financial or creative risk. Blatantly cashing in on the success of Transformers. Lazily cashing in on the Battleship brand name. Casting Rihanna for her, er, acting ability. And now trying to claim he's doing it all for the troops? Wow. Words cannot describe just how cynical this is.
Oh, and before someone respond with the usual criticism of snobbery, I have nothing against big-budget summer blockbuster movies. I just don't like them being shit, lazy and cynical.
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