Universal Hires Peter Berg to Direct Their Battleship Movie
by Alex Billington
May 18, 2009
Another day, another board game movie. Universal is adapting the Milton Bradley board game Battleship and has hired Peter Berg (The Rundown, The Kingdom, Hancock) to direct. Wow. Can anyone else believe this? Universal has a deal with Hasbro and has been setting up huge projects based on various board games like Monopoly and Candyland previously, but now Battleship? Brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber (of only the upcoming Whiteout so far) will write the script. The game will, obviously, be turned into an epic naval action adventure movie. Now I can use this pun properly - Peter Berg has "sunk" to a new low today.
I've been fighting for Peter Berg all along, I generally think he's a good director (give or take Hancock), and I was looking forward to seeing what he could do with Dune. You know, in the end we'll probably see a very epic naval movie just like Pirates of the Caribbean, so why are we all complaining? Universal is just trying to capitalize on brand familiarity, and because we all know the story will be stretched so far from the concept of the game, it won't matter in the end. I think I'm just more baffled that Peter Berg would take on this project. Why not give it to some director who can afford to lose their integrity? Only time will tell.