Peter Berg Puts Lone Survivor on Hold to Sink My Battleship

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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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  • T

    My buddy, who was in the Army in Vietnam, and I have been talking about this book the last couple of days. We both agree that while the events that unfolded were tragic, they were possibly preventable. We also agree that Lutrell spends way too much time berating liberals and the media, and not enough time focused on what was behind the questionable decision to let the goatherds go.

    Hopefully the film adaptation of this story will augment Lutrell’s story with some information on black ops tactics and SOPs, and the degree to which these were followed or not on this mission. Lutrell makes no mention of these, other than harping on ROE. Sure would like to know whether there is a bit more to the story than that – Special Forces can’t possibly conduct an op like this and leave their team hanging out like this one was.

  • Matthew

    I’m glad Berg is excited about Lone Survivor. While I know a lot of people do not like Hollywood taking on true stories of combat (and here I’m speaking of a distaste for Hollywood, not a dislike of military-themed movies), BHD probably sparked military interest for hundreds (or more) current service members. This is a story that needs to be told.

    And Berg might find that this type of story can be lucrative (although I hope that doesn’t become the primary focus). Hollywood confuses its own opinions with those of the populace, and seems puzzled as to why their left-slanted productions aren’t especially popular. Few people are interested in the bias of Elah, and fewer are interested in the absolute absurdity that was Rendition. A well-marketed film which honors American sacrifice will be a different matter, I predict.

  • Matthew

    I’m glad Berg is excited about Lone Survivor. While I know a lot of people do not like Hollywood taking on true stories of combat (and here I’m speaking of a distaste for Hollywood, not a dislike of military-themed movies), BHD probably sparked military interest for hundreds (or more) current service members. This is a story that needs to be told.

    And Berg might find that this type of story can be lucrative (although I hope that doesn’t become the primary focus). Hollywood confuses its own opinions with those of the populace, and seems puzzled as to why their left-slanted productions aren’t especially popular. Few people are interested in the bias of Elah, and fewer are interested in the absolute absurdity that was Rendition. A well-marketed film which honors American sacrifice will be a different matter, I predict.

  • Matthew

    I’m glad Berg is excited about Lone Survivor. While I know a lot of people do not like Hollywood taking on true stories of combat (and here I’m speaking of a distaste for Hollywood, not a dislike of military-themed movies), BHD probably sparked military interest for hundreds (or more) current service members. This is a story that needs to be told.

    And Berg might find that this type of story can be lucrative (although I hope that doesn’t become the primary focus). Hollywood confuses its own opinions with those of the populace, and seems puzzled as to why their left-slanted productions aren’t especially popular. Few people are interested in the bias of Elah, and fewer are interested in the absolute absurdity that was Rendition. A well-marketed film which honors American sacrifice will be a different matter, I predict.

  • Gene

    Neither Berg or Universal really want to make Lone Surviver. It's not politicaly correct. The truth is it would make Universal alot of money but thay don't care. The story line dosn't fit their agenda!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Universal, No — Berg, yes. He's been trying to get the movie made for years. The whole reason he's making a silly movie like “Battleship” is so the studio will allow him to make “Lone Survivor”. He would not be wasting his time on an alien movie otherwise.

  • nattybuck

    Errr. try again idiot it was 3 SEALs on the ground 8 SEALs in the helicopter and 8 crew from the 160th SOAR (Army Night Stalkers) that gave their lives. so do the math 3+8+8=19. Maybe you should get your facts straight before you make ass out of yourself

  • nattybuck

    Errr. try again idiot it was 3 SEALs on the ground 8 SEALs in the helicopter and 8 crew from the 160th SOAR (Army Night Stalkers) that gave their lives. so do the math 3+8+8=19. Maybe you should get your facts straight before you make ass out of yourself

  • Jondmac01

    I'm glad you guys straightened that out…I was about to go ballistic. 11 SEALs and 8 TF-160 guys. Those are the numbers – no doubt about it. 5 years ago yesterday (28 June). Hooyah Turbine 33 and Spartan 01. We will never forget.

  • Jondmac01

    Black ops? Who are you man? Seriously? This was SEAL Team 10 – sounds like you don't know what you're talking about.