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Battleship – Gambit joins Peter Berg’s fleet

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

Taylor Kitsch, he who was Gambit, and who is playing John Carter is joining the crew of Peter Berg’s sci-fi alien invasion action film, Battleship, based on the Hasbro board game.

The script, by Jon and Erich Hoeber, sees an international fleet come together to battle a water-bound armada of otherworldly origin.

I had previously reported that, Jeremy Renner (S.W.A.T., 28 Weeks Later, The Hurt Locker), was in the running for the role but, according to Heat Vision, he is going on to Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest drama, with scheduling conflicts preventing his involvement in both.

Kitsch is playing a Naval commander named Alex Hopper, described as “wildly spirited” and “a great seaman but a lousy politician.”

Other key roles in the film include the female lead as well as a Japanese commander.

Do you think Kitsch is the right choice for the film? Are you excited about a film based on the board game?

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Battleship – Update on the aliens in Peter Berg’s boardgame adaption

Posted by LiveFor on March 6, 2010

Still trying to get my head round the adaption of Bill and Ted vs Death’s favourite game and the fact it has aliens in it, but it is sounding a bit better with every new piece of news. Last I heard Jeremey Renner (The Hurt Locker, S.W.A.T.) was in talks to be the lead.

IGN spoke to great comic book artist, Jock (The Losers). As well as doing concept art for the new Judge Dredd film he’s also busy working on the look of the aliens for Peter Berg’s film.

“I met Peter when he was attached to The Losers and have done bits and piece for him since then. I did some work for his Dune adaptation which has now gone on to Pierre Morel.” said Jock “When he moved onto Battleship, rather than having two human forces, one is an alien force, and they needed designing and concepts done. I’m currently doing costumes for the aliens and their head-gear. I’ve also been doing a lot of key-frames of environments and events.”

Peter Berg spoke about the film and the aliens a while back. Jock confirms some of the things mentioned then. “They are aliens called ‘Regents’ and there is a battle, hence it’s called Battleship, but they didn’t come here to have a battle.” He continues, “Pete’s got such a great sensibility, he wants stuff to be raw and real and aggressive and frightening and hard and tough. There are different characters in the alien race that will have different service to the film, but generally they are totally new. Not really harking back to anything, but more trying to give Pete what he wants and what he’s trying to achieve.”

Jock added, “Something struck me after working on this for a few months — they are going to make a new version of the game with the aliens and the alien ships. There’s a folder online and that’s for Hasbro, so some action figures of what I’ve designed would be kind of cool!”

Can’t wait to see some of the concept art for the film as I love Jock’s work. Anyone else getting a bit more excited about Battleship?

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Jeremy Renner to seek out the Raven and captain Peter Berg’s Battleship

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

The NY Times has a chat with The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner and he mentions that he is in talks to star in James McTeigue’s Edgar Allan Poe film, The Raven and he could be in Peter Berg’s Battleship fighting aliens.

McTeigue describes the Raven as “It’s like the poem, The Raven, itself, crossed with Se7en. It should be pretty cool. The script is really good and everyone responds to it really well.” More on that story here.

My previous post about the Battleship adaption has lots of info on the aliens and set up for the film. Below is what the NY Times had to say about Renner being involved in the two projects.

Renner is in talks with Universal and director Peter Berg about taking the lead role in “Battleship.” He’s also had no fewer than five meetings to star in another project, which he declines to reveal. Both films are expected to shoot in the summer, so Renner will be choosing between the two.

But first he’ll squeeze in indie “Raven,” a period thriller with Ewan McGregor in talks to co-star. “(‘Locker’ has) allowed me to exhale and go, ‘OK, now I can really start,'” Renner says. “Maybe it’s a form of arrival, maybe it’s a type of beginning.”

Do you think Renner is the right choice for either of those films?

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Holy Star Blazers! Live action Space Battleship Yamoto footage

Posted by LiveFor on January 1, 2010

SPACE BATTLESHIP ヤマトis the live action adaption of the old Japanese cartoon that was redubbed and called Star Blazers in the West. I remember watching some of it as a kid and I loved the fact it was an old ocean going battleship that was turned into a spacecraft (are you listening Peter Berg?) It was a cracking design concept.

Set in 2220, the pic will depict the evacuation of 300 million people from Earth to avoid certain death from an expanding black hole. The Yamato, a space battleship, is leading the rescue fleet when it is attacked by an alien force.

Takuya Kimura, the member of the SMAP entertainment unit known to Japanese fans as “KimuTaku,” will star as the main hero Susumu Kodai in the remake of the space opera classic. Kimura also starred as the title character in the Howl’s Moving Castle animated film released in 2004.

Check out the footage below. It looks bloody good.

Space Battleship Yamato will be released in December 2010 in Japan.

Source: Quiet Earth

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Battleship – Peter Berg talks about the Aliens in the water

Posted by LiveFor on December 2, 2009

A while back it was announced that Peter Berg’s adaption of the Hasbro board game, Battleship, would feature a human fleet going up against aliens. Everyone scratched their heads at that one.

Now Berg has spoken to a Latino Review (he flew a few journalists down to a proper battleship for the show and tell).

First of all the concept art of the alien ships shows they are black, and had legs that spread out sort of like water spiders you see on the top of lakes. They looked pretty H.G. Wells-ish and supposedly each ship matches up very well to our ships. Technologically, the two enemies are almost evenly matched.

Here is some of what Berg had to say about the film. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview though as there is a lot of info over there.

The goal was to put up something that could exist as a big, dynamic, entertaining summer blockbuster. That’s clearly what you aspire to make when you take on something like ‘Battleship’ and I think we’re well on our way. I want to share a few pictures with you guys of the enemy, pictures of what the enemy is going to look like. Nobody has seen these…but the enemy does come from another planet. That’s not news. It’s true, you guys uncovered it first. We tried to keep it a secret, but it’s our goal to make that as intelligent and logical, certainly as ‘District 9’ was able to do. But to provide a real intelligence to our opponent, a logic, a rationale for being there and not purely hostile, violent creatures bent on global destruction. They’ve got a much more logical agenda planned that happens to come into conflict with us. Then there’s a chance for two relatively equal opponents to go at each other and you get a sense of some of the equipment you saw, the level and intelligence of that character of what modern sailors are today.

He went on to talk about the aliens.

They’ve got a problem. Upon arrival one of their ships is severely damaged and that’s posed a real existing problem for them and they’re trying to deal with that.

You’ll understand and ILM is doing an extraordinary job of creating, they’re called the Regents, the folks who inhabit these ships. Some of them are very scientific and very intelligent and not violent at all. Others of them are more violent but they’re all concerned with the fact that they have a very real mechanical problem with one of their ships and they’re trying to deal with that.

Their craft are sea based. They don’t fly. But you can see sort of that there’s an equal number of American and there’s actually one Japanese ship involved in this conflict with the enemy.

They are actually able to fly, insert themselves through the earth’s atmosphere and make contact through the water. Once they get on the surface they don’t fly. They stay put. They’ve enabled moving in a fairly unique manner, along the different ways of the sea. They don’t have the standard propulsion but they have weapons systems and some of them are very violent. There are some that aren’t but there are some that are the equivalent of our destroyers.

Berg then went on to talk about the sequel to Hancock 2 and other projects he is working on.

It’s being written now and it’s an issue of everybody involved in ‘Hancock’. There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that it’s so busy and Will [Smith] has kind of taken time off to be with his kids and his kids are now making all kinds of films. There are so many people involved in that, from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsman] to Michael Mann, myself and to get us all in the same room just like this where we can all talk and then agree on anything, you’ve never met a group of people that have a harder time agreeing on anything. It’s like the Israeli peace process times a thousand how tough it is to resolve. I think it’ll happen though. We just have to kind of get in the same room for some consistency.

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.

The Battleship film is actually growing on me after hearing what Berg has to say about it. I like the sound of the aliens and their ships. Just a pity he had to pull out of the Dune remake to do it.

What are your thoughts on Battleship? Will it work? Who would you like to see leading the human fleet?

Go read the rest of the interview over at Latino Review as I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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Battleships vs Aliens!!

Posted by LiveFor on November 8, 2009

I’ve just watched Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (which was great) so not sure but I may have gone through a time leak back to 1st April.

The news on the street, according to Latino Review, is that the film based on Hasbro’s boardgame, Battleship, to be directed by Peter Berg is going to be an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle with ALIENS!

I am assuming they are Aliens from the very seas of Earth as it would be a tad silly having and invading force travel the vastness of space to then land in the seas and duke it out with our ships…

Peter Berg decided to drop a remake of Dune to do this. Good decision or bad?

My brain is still trying to process that one so go and talk about it in the comments

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Battleship: The Movie by Stephen Colbert and Jeff Goldblum

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2009

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Dune remake will be PG 13 and may have a sparkly Vampire

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

dune_final2Is Peter Berg’s adaptation of the sci-fi classic “Dune” going to happen? News earlier today said he was going to next work on the Battleship film and he also has Hancock 2 in the works.

No almost two years have passed since the director confirmed his involvement with the project, a potential third take on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel after David Lynch’s ’84 movie and a Sci Fi Channel miniseries in 2000. While a first draft of the script has been completed, would we ever see Berg’s take on the book?

Not so, Berg told MTV News. “Dune” is very much on—and to prove it, the director shared some details about what he has planned.

“There’s definitely a franchise potential,” he said, though he hastened to add that he has to complete the first one successfully before he can set to work on a second.

But there’s certainly enough material. Josh Zetumer’s script, Berg revealed, is almost 200 pages long—”a massive epic,” Berg said—and it could potentially spawn more than just the one film. With the project still in the script phase, the task now for Berg and his team is to “figure out how we can beat [the script] into something manageable without offending the purists,” he explained, as “filmmakers have struggled [in the past] because it’s a very complicated book to crack.”

As the creative beating and cracking continues, Berg promised his “Dune” won’t be a a rehas of what we have seen before. “My experience with the book was different than David Lynch’s experience or the people behind the Sci Fi Channel’s experience. I found it to be more of an adventure tale, more of a muscular action/adventure story. I think that’s my approach, not as an R-rated film, but as a pretty hard PG-13 film about a young man dealing with issues of vengeance over the death of his father and wanting some payback and having to come to terms with his destiny along the way.”

What about those highly speculative rumors that Berg has his eye on “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson for a starring role, perhaps as the hero Paul Atreides, played by Kyle MacLachlan in 1984? When it came to casting talk, all Berg would say is he’s looking at “guys in their late teens.”

I really love Dune and I can’t wait to see a remake or reimagining of it. How do you feel about Berg remaking it? Any ideas who should star in it?

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UPDATED: Peter Berg to take on Battleships

Posted by LiveFor on September 15, 2009

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UPDATE 08/11/09: Now it appears the film will involve the battleships fighting aliens! More here.

Universal has set 1st July 2011, for the release of Battleship, confirming Peter Berg as director of the live-action pic based on Hasbro’s naval combat board game.

According to Variety the deal is part of a two-picture pic pact Berg has made where he’ll follow Battleship with an Afghan war drama Lone Survivor.

Aside from “Battleship” and “Stretch Armstrong,” Universal is separately developing “Clue” with Gore Verbinski, “Monopoly” with Ridley Scott, “Candyland” with director Kevin Lima, and “Ouija” with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes.

Personally I find the whole adapting a board game into a film a bit strange. Although the original Clue (Cluedo to us Brits) was rather funny. Mind you I would love to see adaptions of board games such as Dark Future, Zombies!!!, Arkham Horror and Descent.

For Berg, the picture realizes a passion for ship-bound war stories that he picked up from his naval historian father.

“I’ve been consumed with doing one of these since I tried to convince Tom Rothman at Fox to make a film about John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy,” Berg said. “As a kid, I was dragged from Navy museum to museum, and spent so much time on ships, listening to my father talk about the great battles of WWII, I did my high school thesis on the Battle of Midway. When this came up, it didn’t take me long to find a take for a film that is filled with raucous action-packed naval battles.”

That does sound cool though. Lots of ships blowing the crap out of each other. As long as they get a good cast involved then it could be a great war movie.

Berg called the film “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle” — but he would not disclose any details about the enemy force.

The film will be the next directorial assignment for Berg. Obviously this means that some of Berg’s other projects such as Hancock 2 and a remake of Dune will be pushed even further back.

What do you think of a Battleship film? Any other board games out there that should be made into a film?

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Peter Berg to direct Battleships – Hit or Miss?

Posted by LiveFor on May 18, 2009


Peter Berg is in talks to direct a big-screen version of the Hasbro board game, Battleships, for Universal.

While plot details are not currently forthcoming, the studio is looking to make an epic naval action adventure.

Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir are producing for Hasbro. Dylan Clark and Anikah McLaren are overseeing for the studio.

Actor turned filmmaker Berg has directed Very Bad Things, The Rundown, Friday Night Light, The Kingdom and Hancock.

The script is being written by the Hoeber brothers who wrote “Whiteout,” the upcoming Kate Beckinsale thriller based on the comic book, and penned Summit’s comic-book adaptation “Red,” which has Bruce Willis is in talks to star.

Universal has several board game titles in development as part of its six-year deal with Hasbro. “Ouija Board” is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes shingle, “Candy Land” has Kevin Lima attached to direct with Etan Cohen writing the script, and Ridley Scott is developing a project based on “Monopoly.”

Source: THR

I’ve included the bit from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey as I just love Death’s reaction to playing Battleships.

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