Aliens To Sink Peter Berg’s Battleship?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Battleship Aliens Aliens To Sink Peter Bergs Battleship?

We learned early this summer that Universal is planning a Battleship board game movie, then a couple of months ago Peter Berg (Hancock) was tapped to direct, and a release date was set for July 1st, 2011 (apparently it’s been changed to August 5th, 2011). Berg has described the Battleship movie as, “an epic naval action adventure,” that is, “a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle.”

That was enough to go on at the time, but what Berg DIDN’T mention was who the enemy was going to be…that is, until now. On Friday, Latino Review got a scoop that confirmed (their words, not ours) from a source that the foes the “hero” battleships were presumably going to be battling against are… wait for it… aliens! That’s right, extraterrestrials presumably attacking earth for our wonderful resources (what’s left of them, that is…).

Echoing Latino Review‘s reaction – REALLY? Aliens? That’s what they’ve come up with as the antagonist for the Battleship movie? Not only is it quite unoriginal when you consider the amount of alien invasion stories that have graced our screens, but in my eyes it’s a flat-out bad idea. Having said that, my judgement may be clouded as Battleship is just one in a long line of board games that I just don’t see working on the big-screen.

As has been one of my biggest points of discussion with all these board game movies in the pipeline: why call this movie Battleship? The logical answer is to capitalize on the name recognition – however, the plot they’re going with – an alien enemy – has nothing to do with the original game (to quote fellow Screen Rant writer, Rob Keyes“Is there an edition of electronic Battleship that I missed?” 😛 ). To be fair, ANY plot will have that problem as the game didn’t HAVE a plot or story – it was just two people at either side of a vertical board putting pegs into it as they guess their opponent’s ship positions. I don’t see why they can’t just make a new movie about alien-battling ships without falling back on a Hasbro board game… Urgh, I just don’t see the incentive in making this thing.

To plays devil advocate on my own devil’s advocacy, I have to admit I’m sort of curious to see how Battleship turns out, particularly with Berg at the helm. He’s hasn’t got a perfect track record (as much as Hancock was fun in parts, its huge potential wasn’t made the most of IMHO), but he’s shown he’s got the talent to make something interesting out of an initially bad/boring/cliched (whatever…) idea, notably in the completely messed up Very Bad Things. I haven’t got much hope for Battleship (Whiteout screenwriters, Erich and Jon Hoeber writing it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence) but I’m fully willing to be proven wrong.

What do you think of the enemy in the Battleship adaptation being aliens? Do you think adapting this particular board game into a movie is a good idea? Or is it just another in a long line of those that should just be left in the box?

The last we heard, Battleship is set to start filming in Spring 2010, and has a release date of August 5th, 2011.

Source: Latino Review (thanks to /Film)

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  1. if i recall, the trick with the game was not knowing exactly where the opposition was…so,,,with aliens, maybe their ships are invisible or otherwise undetectable bring strategy to the table.

    just a thought..

  2. Ooo, ooo, ooo!!!

    I have an idea: how about “Snakes and Ladders” as a movie?

    Like, it might happen on a plane or something, and there are snakes, and they have to like, take this ladder down into the luggage compartment, but the snakes are everywhere…

    I can see it now, maybe have some big action star in it, like, oh, maybe Samuel L. Jackson?

  3. Hmm non-corporal aliens take over a fleet of war vessels and battle an American fleet? Yeah pretty weak idea for a movie, still to get two fleets of modern sea going ships to battle each other so we can experience a bunch of mayhem, explosions, and pretty effects is any worse than “Transformers?”

  4. Didn’t they already make a movie based on the premise behind the game? I think it was called “The Hunt for Red October.”

  5. Fail fail fail… reading the headlines I thought the Battleship film idea was gonna get dropped… instead we’re gonna get aliens attacking military vessels… might as well throw in alien jetskis or USO (unidentifiable sailing/surfing objects) to the script. LAME!

  6. @the old man…

    The idea of non-corporal aliens taking over a fleet of war vessels and engaging in a battle against an American fleet might sound like a rather lame idea for a movie, but if you can have cowboys and Native Americans fighting against aliens — the premise of the upcoming “Cowboys and Aliens” — anything’s possible. :)

  7. @Mike E.- Interesting idea…has this Samuel L. Jackson fella done anything with serpents before? (wink, wink!)

  8. Fools!

    There’s only two axes on the battleship board! Aliens are on neither!!!

    Where do the pegs go?!

    I’m so confused

  9. @Rob Keyes…

    I think the pegs go on the lower part of the game board and the part of the board which is facing you. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve played Battleship, so I may be a tad rusty. :)

  10. @Dan

    Dude, awesome photoshop job. :)


  11. @Vic-Glad you liked it…what’s your opinion, Ross?

  12. I have a gut feeling these Battleships will be hovering in the air, not on the water,,,


  13. Your oh so right Stephie!

    I read your reply and got to wondering what people thought of Electronic battleship. Mixed reviews on Amazon. I guess the one that comes in the green box is better and the “Star Wars” version is overall a little less worthy of either title.

    Although they have been able to profit from their forays with licensing and a payday from “Transformers” & “GI Joe,” Hasbro has taken enough hits in the tween market to drop out and sales have been off due to the economy. Additionally India has put a ban on toys made in China, locking Hasbro out of a substantial income share possibly as high as 25% including revenues from Transformer & GI Joe toys there. They need new income streams and I think they would like Battleship to be their next “Transformers.”

    Aliens and robots are easy bad guys to sell world wide, so this news should come as no surprise. Hasbro also makes the Martian Matter Alien toy line as well, and have agreements with Marvel too. Don’t be surprised if their isn’t a comic book tie in down the line. Remember you heard it first here…

  14. This Is Ridiculous! Why Would Anyone Go And See This?

  15. @DrSamBeckett, the battleships, the battleships!!!


  16. If they were going to atually mimic the game, it should have something to do with two opponents somehow directing or calling the strategic shots as far as controlling the actions of the two fleets. Maybe some kind of automated robotic fleet or just controlling battle plan of each fleet. Then it would be like the Battleship game.

  17. Meh…I’ll wait for it on Netflix…