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Peter Berg to Direct Battleship

Published September 15, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Variety
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Hasbro continues to cash in on their properties, be it toys or boardgames. The latest is Battleship, which Peter Berg will direct for Universal Pictures.

Peter Berg to Direct Battleship


Peter Berg joins Battleship as part of his two-picture deal he made with Universal Pictures; the other film, if you were wondering, is the Afghan war drama Lone Survivor.

Besides Berg, Universal Pictures also continues to take advantage of their multi-year deal with Hasbro, which they continue to hope will provide endless branded entertainment films. Universal has quite a few Hasbro properties in the works already including Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Monopoly, Candyland and Ouija, and they remain excited about adding Battleship to that list.

"This is a powerful brand, and in an era where brands have become the new stars, Battleship is a big opportunity," said U Pictures chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde.

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."

Though I can't imagine what sort of story has been drawn up already, Berg explains that Battleship is, "a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle."



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