Does The Battleship Board Game Movie Have A Director?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:36 pm,

Remember the good old days when Hollywood just remade everything, adapted video games or extended a series beyond it’s rightful lifetime with unnecessary sequels? Oh yes, that was a simpler time…

It appears that wasn’t enough for them and they’ve gone a step further than just those three types of usually bad paths by making movies out of board games. No, that’s not some industry specific term for a new type of sequel or remake. That’s right, I’m referring to those family-friendly pastimes which usually have dice and plastic pieces you move around on a flat board when you’ve got nothing else to do…

There are already plans put in motion for movies based on the board games Monopoly (with Ridley Scott set to helm it… no joke), Candyland, Magic: The Gathering and even one based on the Ouija board (is that a board game, exactly? The director, Michael Bay, must think so…). And also on that list is one based on Battleship, and apparently they already have a director in talks to helm it.

That director is Peter Berg, who from the picture above you may recognize from the likes of Collateral, Smokin’ Aces, and a couple of episodes of Alias. But acting seems like a minor career when you look at his directing resume: He’s directed The Kingdom, Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights, The Rundown and Hancock. Berg is in talks to direct the movie for Universal, with brother screenwriting team Jon and Eric Hoeber set to script it.

Not much is known about what form the Battleship movie will take, however we know it will only loosely based on the game and is said to be, “an epic naval action adventure.” The name recognition it would bring is the only possible reason I can see for calling it Battleship.

On a related note, rumor is that Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson may be starring in the movie. There’s nothing concrete, but Pattinson was spotted leaving Berg’s house last week, and since this is the latest directing news related to him, speculation has arisen that Pattinson may be being considered to star. However, it should be noted that Berg has a lot of stuff on the horizon (including a remake of Dune) so there’s nothing definite to say that the meeting was about the Battleship movie.

I will never understand the sudden hoard of board game movies that are in the pipeline, beyond the simple money-making reasons, that is. If you are to emphasize the business part of the “movie business” phrase, then you may see that that’s a reason on its own to do it. But most of them just don’t even make sense on a basic level of, “How will it even function as a movie?”

Take Monopoly, for example – are we going to follow one of the pieces you move around the board as they buy places and charge rent? Will it follow the little Monopoly hat character that we see on the box (what’s he called – Pennybags, or something…)? They’re really going to have to stretch to come up with a movie that will resemble watchable with that one – that, or it’ll be the game in name only and be about competing real estate magnates.

The same goes for Battleship – correct me if I’m wrong, but the playing of the game is two people, on on either side of the vertical board, and they have to guess where the other persons ships are located on the opposite side of the board. That’s it… where’s the movie in that? Where’s the motivation to make a movie from that?

If it’s only going to be loosely based on the game, my question then is why even call it Battleship? Why not just make, “an epic naval action adventure,” without it having anything to do with that board game? Like I said, beyond money reasons (which goes hand-in-hand with the name reocognition it would bring) I don’t see the incentive for this or most of the other board game movies that are in the works.

So do you think a movie based on the Battleship board game could work? Or is it just another silly idea like the rest of the board game movies?

Source: /Film

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  1. hmm.
    whats next?
    Operation the movie?

  2. You know when people always complained about hollywood not having any original ideas anymore…..I usually defended them, but now it seems that I can no longer do so.

  3. I agree any movie based on a board game is patently absurd, I think Battleship is a better idea than most.

    The way I envision it, it’ll basically be about a large scale modern(ish) naval battle. When’s the last time we saw that on screen? Not any time recently, that’s for sure.

    I could even see them taking a different approach and focusing on the Generals and leaders making the strategic decisions, rather than the grunts on the ground (or.. water) like most war movies tend to do. That could add some small element of interest to it. Assuming it’s done well, anyways.

    That said, I can’t imagine it being anything other than garbage. But I suppose time will tell..

  4. How the hell do you base a movie on something with no characters and no story? Oh wait, i forgot, Hollywood does that all the time.

  5. I sent this as an email earlier but I just had to post it here. Here is a list of board game-to-movies I think we will see in the near future:

    Yahtzee – Espionage/Mob Thriller
    Sorry – Horror/comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and Dom Deluise (Casting may be an issue here since he has recently passed away)
    Scrabble – Love story
    Chutes and Ladders – WWI story of 3 brothers, 1 a fighter, 1 a passivist and 1 a spy
    Clue – Wait that one has already been done
    Hungry Hungry Hippos – Sci-fi/horror(This one would be in 3D should have a budget of no less than $150 million)

    Now that we are here, card games can’t be too far away. So look for Uno, Rook, and Old Maid to be announced soon.

    (The above post is completely fictional and should in no way be consider to be a reliable source of upcoming movie news.)

    There are plenty of original movies coming out but Hollywood should take a hint. When their announcements are met with more groans than cheers, they aren’t doing something right.

  6. Ouiji sounds doable if they make it more a horror movie with the game acting as the whole killer thingy you have in horror movies.

  7. There have been a few movies already based on the Ouji board.

    WTF is wrong with Hollywood these days…

    here’s a Battleship movie i’m waiting to see “U.S.S. Indianapolis”. They should come out with a big budget movie about that Battleship and the fate of her crew after it was torpedoed… You all remember that tale from Jaws…

  8. Seriously, is this a joke? Some crazy rumor on the internet cause that has happened before.

    But, why not make a movie about two battleships going at each other rather than basing it off this game. Then again, they made a highly successful film based on a theme park ride, and no, not the Haunted Mansion.
    Oh, Ross, Berg did not direct Smokin’ Aces my friend.

    I can see a Magic: The Gathering film, that can easily be done on screen. This…is someone going to say “you sunk my battleship!!!!”

  9. Paul, the game Old Maid, I can see that being a sex-crazed-coming-of-age comedy/art film about prostitutes being pimped out by a Mistress named The Old Maid. Starring Susan Sarrandon as the Old Maid, with Meagan Fox, Paris Hilton and Fergie as the prostitutes living in a world that shuns them but they have the desire to strive on and become a woman!
    Lastly with Channing Tatum as the male lead who gives Meagan Fox’s character the ambition to become more than a street level prostitute pimped out by The Old Maid!
    Directed by Gavin Hood.

  10. What’s next. Operation and making it an ER type movie? Or is Candyland going to be a Willy Wonka esque movie? Why create movies based off of board games? It doesn’t make sense, only sounds silly and people will not like it.

  11. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing a Magic: the Gathering film

  12. @SK-47,

    Ahhh, sorry about that. Just got mixed up since he was in the film. Looked at his IMDB resume wrong. Sorry. Fixed:)

    Thanks for catching that.

  13. Hollywood has been nothing but a productless name brand for some time now… only a hand full of films that came out last year were even worth watching. They’re now just out to exploit our already thinned wallets with garbage that we have become accustomed to accept. Hollywood needs an overhaul, and now is the best time if ever.

    That said I can’t wait for Moon, District 9 and Up… still haven’t seen Star Trek but will be soon enough.

  14. @Liam

    I so want to see Moon, but since I don’t live in LA or New York, I’ll have to wait for the dvd.

    That’s the worst part about all these stupid board game movies. They’ll get a wide release, while the quality stuff goes completely unnoticed.

    I think the only way any of these board game movies could work is if they’re comedies. Make the movies tongue-in-cheek. They should know they’re based on a kids game and should definitely NOT try to be an “epic naval action adventure.” Clue, for instance, while not terribly funny, had the right idea in not trying to make a deep murder mystery out of a board game.

  15. really can’t add anything to what has already been said. The next thing you know, is we’ll have “reality” movies. It’ll be sequel after sequel of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars….

  16. I smell as Summer Blockbuster!

  17. I’m waiting for UNO the movie.

    I’ve been telling my friends for years that it’s only a matter of time before they make Monopoly into a movie.Think of it kinda like Jumanji,and there you go.Robin Williams or Jim Carrey as Rich Uncle Pennybags,yup,it’s comin’.

  18. What? No Connect 4? Risk? The Game of Life? I mean really, is Hollywood THAT desperate for ideas that it’s either a remake of a remake, or based on a board game. Sad. Really.

  19. I’m waiting for them to announce
    “Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Motion Picture”
    in 3D, of course.

  20. Personally I was hoping for “Chinese Checkers, The Musical!” or at least a “Connect Four” Mini series!

    =)

  21. Citation needed?

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