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Will Peter Berg turn things around after Battleship with Lone Survivor?

Jun. 4, 2013by: Niki Stephens

I bet no one here forgot the tremendous numbers that BATTLESHIP brought in. Oh no, that was backwards. You could see that ship sinking from a mile away. Peter Berg is better than that, and poor Taylor Kitsch went down with him.

Their fates may have changed in a big way though. Berg's Afghanistan war drama LONE SURVIVOR based on the best seller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson might be a game changer.

The film starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana (Wow!) centers on, "a riveting story of four Navy SEALs involved in an ill-fated covert mission to thwart a high-level Taliban operative when they are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Notwithstanding some of the most intense and realistic battle scenes in recent memory, it goes beyond the average war film in fleshing out real three-dimensional human beings caught up in the moral consequences of war."

Here's where it gets interesting: the flick was bumped up to a 12/27 limited release which puts it in contention for Oscar and other award recognition. If it's as emotionally moving and realistic as early buzz gives it credit for then it could be a shoe-in. During Universal's presentation at Aprils Cinemacon, Chairman Adam Fogelson said, "We have seen the first cut of (Peter Bergs) next film Lone Survivor and it is soulful, gritty, tough, emotional and, quite frankly, remarkable." It's being said that if the grittiness, which translates into the film's display of unrelenting graphic violence brings the already much hyped tale to a new level then audiences will have no choice but to pay attention.

Battleship to possible Oscar winner, or hell even nominee? What a turn around indeed.

Extra Tidbit: I don't know if I mentioned it, but I loved Berg's cameo in CALIFORNICATION. He even wore a BATTLESHIP hat.
Source: Deadline

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4:12PM on 06/06/2013

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8:18PM on 06/05/2013
I am beyond ecstatic for this movie. I absolutely love this book and cannot wait for it to be a film.
I am beyond ecstatic for this movie. I absolutely love this book and cannot wait for it to be a film.
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5:18PM on 06/05/2013
Well to be fair, wasn't Berg contractually obligated to make Battleship in order to get this current movie made? He is a fairly good director, & I enjoyed The Rundown, The Kingdom & Hancock has grown on me over the years.
Well to be fair, wasn't Berg contractually obligated to make Battleship in order to get this current movie made? He is a fairly good director, & I enjoyed The Rundown, The Kingdom & Hancock has grown on me over the years.
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2:31PM on 06/05/2013
Rundown - 8/10
Friday Night Lights - 7/10
The Kingdom - 9/10
Hancock - 5/10
Battleship - 3/10

I will give him 1 more shot. And this is the exact type of movie I would like to see him make, and the cast is incredible so all signs look good so far!

Rundown - 8/10
Friday Night Lights - 7/10
The Kingdom - 9/10
Hancock - 5/10
Battleship - 3/10

I will give him 1 more shot. And this is the exact type of movie I would like to see him make, and the cast is incredible so all signs look good so far!

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2:34PM on 06/05/2013
Never seen Very Bad Things, just looked it up, I am going to watch it today. True Romance is my favorite movie of all time so I am excited for this!
Never seen Very Bad Things, just looked it up, I am going to watch it today. True Romance is my favorite movie of all time so I am excited for this!
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12:21PM on 06/05/2013
Berg was out of his element with Battleship. It was a terrible idea to begin with. Lone Survivor seems much more his speed. He has fluctuated between mere competence and genuine quality. Maybe this is the film to push him over the top?
Berg was out of his element with Battleship. It was a terrible idea to begin with. Lone Survivor seems much more his speed. He has fluctuated between mere competence and genuine quality. Maybe this is the film to push him over the top?
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8:53AM on 06/05/2013
This is great news! I've read the book and it's one of the most gripping and emotional books I've ever read. Peter Berg did deserve better than Battleship. This is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Very happy it's getting pushed up.
This is great news! I've read the book and it's one of the most gripping and emotional books I've ever read. Peter Berg did deserve better than Battleship. This is easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Very happy it's getting pushed up.
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7:09AM on 06/05/2013

Emile Hirsch & Ben Foster...Alpha Dog

Now *THERE* is an underrated excellent movie if there ever was one!
Now *THERE* is an underrated excellent movie if there ever was one!
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7:06AM on 06/05/2013
Got my Dad the book for Father's Day! Oh, and a variety pack of bbq sauces!
Got my Dad the book for Father's Day! Oh, and a variety pack of bbq sauces!
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2:56AM on 06/05/2013
I agree with ShonK below. Battleship is underrated. It's not as bad as critics made it out to be. If you like Naval Warfare, Battleship is for you. I was wondering how Berg can incorporate Battleship's game play into the movie. The use of tsunami buoys is clever.
I agree with ShonK below. Battleship is underrated. It's not as bad as critics made it out to be. If you like Naval Warfare, Battleship is for you. I was wondering how Berg can incorporate Battleship's game play into the movie. The use of tsunami buoys is clever.
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2:27AM on 06/05/2013

Battleship was underrated

I enjoyed the film, was it great? No not at all but it was not bad. Decent film, worth the price of admission and popcorn cost.
I enjoyed the film, was it great? No not at all but it was not bad. Decent film, worth the price of admission and popcorn cost.
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11:41PM on 06/04/2013
After Aspen Extreme I will ALWAYS have Bergs back.
After Aspen Extreme I will ALWAYS have Bergs back.
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11:20PM on 06/04/2013
I've always enjoyed Berg's work. The Rundown, Very Bad Things, The Kingdom, and Hancock are all solid films in my opinion.

Lone Survivor sounds like another winner for him.
I've always enjoyed Berg's work. The Rundown, Very Bad Things, The Kingdom, and Hancock are all solid films in my opinion.

Lone Survivor sounds like another winner for him.
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11:05PM on 06/04/2013
Maybe it was my zero expectations for it, but I found "Battleship" to be surprisingly fun, something like the first Transformers movie (the only enjoyable entry in the trilogy) without the overt offensive and tasteless humor. Peter Berg is still A-OK in my book.
Maybe it was my zero expectations for it, but I found "Battleship" to be surprisingly fun, something like the first Transformers movie (the only enjoyable entry in the trilogy) without the overt offensive and tasteless humor. Peter Berg is still A-OK in my book.
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10:30PM on 06/04/2013
Peter Berg is a good director. I think with Battleship, he was told to "make this movie like Michael Bay would" because "that's what fills cinema seats". From the sound of it, Universal seems to be hoping this will be the next Zero Dark Thirty. We'll have to see.
Peter Berg is a good director. I think with Battleship, he was told to "make this movie like Michael Bay would" because "that's what fills cinema seats". From the sound of it, Universal seems to be hoping this will be the next Zero Dark Thirty. We'll have to see.
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8:55AM on 06/05/2013
I've read the book and the movie could be a good companion film to Zero Dark Thirty.
I've read the book and the movie could be a good companion film to Zero Dark Thirty.
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