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Let’s face it, the “Battleship” movie that Peter Berg has just been announced as directing for a 2011 release date ain’t gonna be all that much like the game. For one, it’s a low-tech game where you push sticks into sockets. Not a whole lot of “plot” there to create a movie around, in case you were wondering. So yeah, while Berg will direct “Battleship” based on the Hasbro game for Universal, let’s go and say it, calling it “Battleship” and linking it to the game is just a cheap marketing ploy.
Berg says as much, calling the film “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle”. Basically, forget the game, it’s just a gimmick. But hey, whatever works. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Naval action movie.
Besides the “Battleship” project, Variety also reports that Berg has set up his adaptation of Marcus Luttrell’s biographical book “Lone Survivor” at Universal, and plans to direct the true Afghan War story as soon as he wraps “Battleship”. “Lone Survivor” recounts the true story of how Luttrell, a Navy SEALs was ambushed along with his unit during a mission in Afghanistan.
The former actor turned director Berg is one busy man. Besides an adaptation of “Dune”, he’s also announced a sequel to “Hancock”, which at this point looks like it’ll just have to wait until “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor” are out of the way. Hopefully Berg will do “Lone Survivor” first before the “Hancock” sequel, since we can always wait for the alcoholic superhero, but that Marcus Luttrell’s story just begs to be told now.