Peter Berg Puts Lone Survivor on Hold to Sink My Battleship

For a while there, Peter Berg had his eye on adapting the book “Lone Survivor”, based on the true story of former Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell. But it now appears as if “Lone Survivor” will have to wait for a bit, at least until Berg finishes up “Battleship”, based on the boardgame of the same name for Universal. Recently, Universal flew some bloggers over to talk to Berg about the upcoming sci-fi actioner “Battleship”. (Yes, I said sci-fi actioner, because the movie is apparently going to be an alien invasion film — read more here.) During the trip, the topic of “Lone Survivor” came up, and Berg sounded very enthusiastic about making it his next movie post-”Battleship”.

“‘Lone Survivor’ is what I want to do next. If you haven’t read that book it’s an incredible story and a really dynamic one, in the vein of like a ‘Black Hawk Down’. It’s a true story about seventeen SEALS that were killed in one gunfight in Afghanistan. It’s a great story. One survived.”

Then one of the guys on the plane, who apparently doesn’t think too highly of “Lone Survivor”, asked this question:

“Does knowing that you’re doing that give you the freedom to do something as fantastical as ‘Battleship’? Like you’re having dessert first and will finish with broccoli?”

Berg was probably taken aback a bit by that question, but his response is great nevertheless:

“Well, I wouldn’t call it broccoli but your point is well taken. The reality is that I’m thrilled to do ‘Battleship’ but the industry that we all work and live in is fed off of these films and I’m excited to make a film like ‘Battleship’ because a film like this, if you make it right and it works and it hits globally we’re all free. Movies like ‘Lone Survivor’ get funded and financed off of movies like ‘Transformers’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Battleship’ hopefully. Knock wood.”

What he’s trying to say is, “Lone Survivor” is a “War on Terror”-themed movie, and those haven’t exactly done gangbuster business, so Hollywood is loathe to do it. As a result, Berg will give them a big-time sci-fi Summer event film, and in return they’ll foot the bill for “Lone Survivor”. It’s what everyone does in Hollywood — you make one for them, and you make one for you.

Hell, the guy even bit the bullet and met with some smelly bloggers just to please Universal, after all. He must really want to do “Lone Survivor”.

You can read more of the interview over at Latino Review.



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  • Samson

    I hope Navy SEAL “James Suh’s” character is given that recognition in the movie by an Asian character, as opposed to his or any other members being represented by a black male (political), as we’ve seen in past movies. I am an Asian American service member a part of the special operations community myself and sincerely hope that Peter Berg will do the all of the deceased justice by not misrepresenting.

    I’ve seen his past movies and know he’ll do a great job. I also applaud him for taking up such weight on his shoulders, to produce this movie despite the numbers, or lack of, at the box office.

    • Jonathan

      That’s a great point. I couldn’t agree with you more. The accuracy in production of this movie will MAKE the movie. I’m an NCO in the Army, and I think every able body in uniform should have “Lone Survivor” within their collection. I read it in a day and half, I couldn’t put it down, an absolute page turner. I certainly hope this movie isn’t a case of many “books to movies” atrocities that we have encountered before. On the other hand Peter is a sensational film maker and I trust that he’ll do a remarkable job with this project. I certainly hope that Marcus Luttrell provides some oversight in this project to prevent any mis-understandings and inaccuracies. It would be nice to see all “sugar coating” thrown to the way side for this film. What those men and their families went through is beyond words. I would hope that Peter tries to capture every bit of tangibility and substance possible, this film should hit close to home by everyone who sees it. They’re shouldn’t be a dry eye in the theatre when it’s over. Trully a remarkable story!!!

    • Jonathan

      That’s a great point. I couldn’t agree with you more. The accuracy in production of this movie will MAKE the movie. I’m an NCO in the Army, and I think every able body in uniform should have “Lone Survivor” within their collection. I read it in a day and half, I couldn’t put it down, an absolute page turner. I certainly hope this movie isn’t a case of many “books to movies” atrocities that we have encountered before. On the other hand Peter is a sensational film maker and I trust that he’ll do a remarkable job with this project. I certainly hope that Marcus Luttrell provides some oversight in this project to prevent any mis-understandings and inaccuracies. It would be nice to see all “sugar coating” thrown to the way side for this film. What those men and their families went through is beyond words. I would hope that Peter tries to capture every bit of tangibility and substance possible, this film should hit close to home by everyone who sees it. They’re shouldn’t be a dry eye in the theatre when it’s over. Trully a remarkable story!!!

  • Samson

    I hope Navy SEAL “James Suh’s” character is given that recognition in the movie by an Asian character, as opposed to his or any other members being represented by a black male (political), as we’ve seen in past movies. I am an Asian American service member a part of the special operations community myself and sincerely hope that Peter Berg will do the all of the deceased justice by not misrepresenting.

    I’ve seen his past movies and know he’ll do a great job. I also applaud him for taking up such weight on his shoulders, to produce this movie despite the numbers, or lack of, at the box office.

  • Samson

    I hope Navy SEAL “James Suh’s” character is given that recognition in the movie by an Asian character, as opposed to his or any other members being represented by a black male (political), as we’ve seen in past movies. I am an Asian American service member a part of the special operations community myself and sincerely hope that Peter Berg will do the all of the deceased justice by not misrepresenting.

    I’ve seen his past movies and know he’ll do a great job. I also applaud him for taking up such weight on his shoulders, to produce this movie despite the numbers, or lack of, at the box office.

    • Jonathan

      That’s a great point. I couldn’t agree with you more. The accuracy in production of this movie will MAKE the movie. I’m an NCO in the Army, and I think every able body in uniform should have “Lone Survivor” within their collection. I read it in a day and half, I couldn’t put it down, an absolute page turner. I certainly hope this movie isn’t a case of many “books to movies” atrocities that we have encountered before. On the other hand Peter is a sensational film maker and I trust that he’ll do a remarkable job with this project. I certainly hope that Marcus Luttrell provides some oversight in this project to prevent any mis-understandings and inaccuracies. It would be nice to see all “sugar coating” thrown to the way side for this film. What those men and their families went through is beyond words. I would hope that Peter tries to capture every bit of tangibility and substance possible, this film should hit close to home by everyone who sees it. They’re shouldn’t be a dry eye in the theatre when it’s over. Trully a remarkable story!!!

  • Brett

    I bought this book for my Kindle on Christmas morning and read it the same day. I could not..would not put it down. I served our armed forces with the 10th Mountain division for three years. We see the news about another soldier being killed in Afghanistan/Iraq every single day and because of that it has become common place and blunts reality of it all. Very few even stop to ponder for a second what these young men and women are doing everyday by putting their lives on the line and the impactit has on them and their families. To give up their very lives for us to be able to live ours in the safety of a free world. This book should be read by everyone no matter if you agree or disagree with the war itself. It helps you understand the sacrifices being made by our armed forces and further shows what it takes to even become one of these elite fighting men. God Bless each and everyone of them and their families.

  • Brett

    I bought this book for my Kindle on Christmas morning and read it the same day. I could not..would not put it down. I served our armed forces with the 10th Mountain division for three years. We see the news about another soldier being killed in Afghanistan/Iraq every single day and because of that it has become common place and blunts reality of it all. Very few even stop to ponder for a second what these young men and women are doing everyday by putting their lives on the line and the impactit has on them and their families. To give up their very lives for us to be able to live ours in the safety of a free world. This book should be read by everyone no matter if you agree or disagree with the war itself. It helps you understand the sacrifices being made by our armed forces and further shows what it takes to even become one of these elite fighting men. God Bless each and everyone of them and their families.

  • Brett

    I bought this book for my Kindle on Christmas morning and read it the same day. I could not..would not put it down. I served our armed forces with the 10th Mountain division for three years. We see the news about another soldier being killed in Afghanistan/Iraq every single day and because of that it has become common place and blunts reality of it all. Very few even stop to ponder for a second what these young men and women are doing everyday by putting their lives on the line and the impactit has on them and their families. To give up their very lives for us to be able to live ours in the safety of a free world. This book should be read by everyone no matter if you agree or disagree with the war itself. It helps you understand the sacrifices being made by our armed forces and further shows what it takes to even become one of these elite fighting men. God Bless each and everyone of them and their families.

  • Michael

    11 SEAL Team Members were killed, not 17. If you’re going to make a movie about a true event, get it right! At least read the book.
    Learn more here..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Luttrell

  • Michael

    11 SEAL Team Members were killed, not 17. If you’re going to make a movie about a true event, get it right! At least read the book.
    Learn more here..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Luttrell

  • Michael

    11 SEAL Team Members were killed, not 17. If you’re going to make a movie about a true event, get it right! At least read the book.
    Learn more here..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Luttrell

  • Kody

    Michael, I think you need to read the book and not wikipedia because he is right, seventeen were killed.