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By TK Burton | Industry | September 15, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | September 15, 2009 |

So we’ve all accepted this retarded new world, where goofy games from our youth are inexplicably being made into movies, right? We’ve learned to live with this nonsense? Accept it, people. It’s like death, taxes, Glenn Beck and “Melrose Place.” An unfortunate, ugly aspect of life that we have no choice but to live with.

So, that said, here’s your latest Battleship news. It’s being directed by Peter Berg, with an estimated 2011 release date. Berg has said that it will be a “contemporary story is set amidst an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle.” (h/t to Dark Horizons)

So… it’s The Hunt For Red October? Or Crimson Tide? Just with battleships and/or destroyers instead of submarines? It’s supposed to be “loosely based” on the board game, which is idiotic. Just make a movie about modern sea warfare. Why bother affiliating it with the game at all? Oh, right. Marketing. Commercial tie-ins. Money.

I like Peter Berg — he’s made some wildly entertaining movies of late (The Rundown, The Kingdom) and some deeply flawed ones (Hancock). Which means I’m somewhat excited to see this. I just wish it didn’t have a stupid-assed Hasbro affiliation. Because that means we’re turning this:


Into this:


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