Peter Berg Talks 'Battleship' and How It Relates to the Board Game (Plus an Alien-Centric Behind-the-Scenes Clip)

Peter Berg Talks 'Battleship' and How It Relates to the Board Game (Plus an Alien-Centric Behind-the-Scenes Clip)

Mar 23, 2012

Battleship teaser posterAs we sail into the weekend, here’s a new video and lots of new information from director Peter Berg regarding his upcoming Battleship. Anchors away!

Speaking at WonderCon, Berg was very chatty when it came to discussing his hopes for the film and the motivations behind it.

When asked the inevitable question about how closely his film hews to the classic board game it’s named after, the filmmaker offered the following observations. “Battleship’s a unique experience. It certainly doesn’t have any direct correlation to the game. That being said, it was a lot of fun to try to find ways to reference the game. If you look at the ordinance that the enemies use, it looks a bit like pegs. Both of our ships’ radar systems have trouble seeing each other, so they gotta try and predict where the enemy is so that they can go after them. And there were some other things that were kind of fun. They were certainly never mandated, but anybody that’s of a certain age that knows the game will look at it and probably kind of smile to themselves. I guess they could say, “This is preposterous!” and storm out of the theater. I don’t think they will, but hopefully they’ll say its kind of a clever reference to the game.”

Berg goes on to state that he had no trepidation about tackling the board game adaptation. “It was my idea from the get-go. I always wanted to do a Naval film,” he tells THR. He does acknowledge that he knew there might be skepticism about the concept going in, though.

“With Battleship, I knew there would be a certain inherent, "what the f*ck -- are they out of their minds? C-5, G-4, really?" I thought if they gave me freedom to let my imagination run wild, that I could come up with something very original that would satisfy my desire to get out into the sea.”

While that “something original” is still up for debate (we can’t shake the feeling that the movie looks a lot like Transformers in some key areas), a new clip for the film does at least feature some regular aliens.

In that behind-the-scenes look at the film, we learn that the aliens didn’t find us – we essentially invited them here. Earth is what’s known as a “Goldilocks planet” – just the right distance from the sun, so it’s not too hot or too cold to sustain life. When scientists send a welcome message out into the universe, an alien species hears it and sends a reconnaissance team to check out the planet – and if they like what they find, a full-on invasion is imminent.

Check out the clip below and let us know what you think. Has Battleship captured your interest or is the idea of making a summer blockbuster out of a strategy board game still seem inherently silly to you? 

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