Peter Berg Wants To Sink Your ‘Battleship’

Quick, name a board game that could be turned into an identifiable and interesting movie. Ready? Okay, Peter Berg won’t be making that one. He may be filming Battleship instead.
By  · Published on May 18th, 2009

This is just stupid.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Peter Berg may be signing on to direct a big screen adaptation of the classic Hasbro board game Battleship.  Jon and Eric Hoeber are writing the script for the “epic naval action adventure” but I honestly don’t see the point.  An action movie filled with large-scale battles could be quite cool, but what exactly is the Battleship connection?  Aside from the iconic line from the commercials (“You sunk my battleship mother-fucker!”) there’s absolutely nothing identifiable to the game that could go into a film.  No plot, no characters… there’s nothing at all.

Berg gets flack for his films but I count myself as a fan thanks in large part to the action and intensity of The Kingdom as well as the action and humor of The Rundown.  I don’t doubt that Berg can make an exciting naval adventure, but again, I just don’t see the point of paying for and marketing it as related to the game.

/Film is also speculating as to potential casting for the film… it seems Twilight star Robert Pattinson was seen leaving Berg’s house last week.  Could they have been playing a late night game of Battleship together?

What do you think about a Battleship movie?

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