Time for "Case of the Mondays", our weekly look at who (or what) is feeling the most pain on this, another glorious Monday.
Today we're throwing some love at Universal's planned Battleship movie, which is an adaptation of that board game you saw commercials for growing up, but never actually played. Yes, we're talking about the one where the kid goes, "You sunk my Battleship!," and, yes, someone actually found a way to turn that whole thing into a movie featuring giant ships fighting aliens ... or something like that.
Of course it's a hard film to defend since right off the bat it's based on a board game that definitely lacks the essence of a summer blockbuster. Add to that the fact that it stars pop star Rihanna and hottie Brooklyn Decker, and, well ... no.
Battleship, due out in 3D in May, 2012, is feeling a bit more pain today than some of the other mocked upcoming films with ridiculously large budgets, however, because The King of the World himself, James Cameron, has publicly trashed the idea of a Battleship movie, saying the whole thing reeks of "pure desperation."
Cameron continued (while hundreds of theater owners lined up to kiss his bare feet ... according to, ahem, some fictional sources), "Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema."
Ouch. I think he just sunk that Battleship.