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Battleship hits Berg

Sep. 14, 2009by:

B7. Miss! C9. You sunk my interest!

Studios are apparently quite serious about exploiting every possible brand and franchise, and so a movie based on the classic game BATTLESHIP is setting sail, with filmmaker Peter Berg (THE KINGDOM, THE RUNDOWN, HANCOCK) on the bridge.

Universal and Berg have presumably figured out a way to transform random guesses and the insertion of plastic pegs into a compelling and family-friendly movie about naval combat... and they want it firing cannons on screens on July 1st, 2011.

The movie is described as "a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle." Why that premise needs to be based on a board game is a different matter.

In an attempt to justify the decision and seeming waste of his talent, Berg said "As a kid, I was dragged from Navy museum to museum, and spent so much time on ships, listening to my father talk about the great battles of WWII, I did my high school thesis on the Battle of Midway. When this came up, it didn't take me long to find a take for a film that is filled with raucous action-packed naval battles."

It probably also helped that Universal agreed to let Berg follow BATTLESHIP with his own project LONE SURVIVOR, about a Navy SEAL team ambushed in Afghanistan.

Extra Tidbit: Other projects Berg has become attached to and/or discussed (that have never materialized): DUNE, HANCOCK 2, HIP-HOP COPS, THE MISSION, BRAN MAK MORN, HERCULES, NAUTICA, and COCAINE COWBOYS. Looks like this one will stick...
Source: Variety

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2:38PM on 09/15/2009
What the fuck happened to DUNE? was kinda looking forward to a new adaptation.
What the fuck happened to DUNE? was kinda looking forward to a new adaptation.
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10:45AM on 09/15/2009
I won't care until JENGA! the movie is released
I won't care until JENGA! the movie is released
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12:29AM on 09/15/2009
this ones actually not that much of a stretch as, say, view master. i can only see a connection to the game in name and it being about ship battles
this ones actually not that much of a stretch as, say, view master. i can only see a connection to the game in name and it being about ship battles
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12:22AM on 09/15/2009

Gah! Stop it!

This is getting ridiculous! I'm alright with the synopsis but the idea of it being based on the effin' board game solely for profit is not funny. I'm hating this so much, sorry for being so one sided but this has gone too far.
This is getting ridiculous! I'm alright with the synopsis but the idea of it being based on the effin' board game solely for profit is not funny. I'm hating this so much, sorry for being so one sided but this has gone too far.
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