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There’s been much talk about a sequel to the 2008 surprise superhero hit, Hancock, with conversation picking up particularly when it comes to the cast of Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman possibly returning to do another. Director Peter Berg said a few months ago that everyone was excited to return, but not long after that Bateman came out and said he hadn’t heard anything about him returning (we’re still not sure if that cluelessness was applicable to Smith and Theron, too).
However, when Berg sounded pretty excited about directing Hancock 2, that was before he landed the Battleship gig, a big-screen adaptation set for release in 2011 with a production start date of Spring 2010. That ties Berg up a lot for what I would guess would be the better part of a year. And that appears to be one of the big reasons why we shouldn’t expect Hancock 2 anytime soon. »
- Ross Miller
I do wonder what the meeting at Universal Studios with Peter Berg and the Hoeber brothers must have been like as they were discussing their ideas to make a movie based on the extremely simple pencil and paper game Battleship… with aliens being the antagonists! Just in case there is anybody out there who doesn’t quite grasp the ridiculousness of this, I’ll repeat – there was a meeting, in Hollywood, where a bunch of executives and artists sat around to discuss making a movie from a game that is too basic to possibly be adapted into a feature length film, so it was decided that a movie involving a human naval fleet engaged in combat with aliens would be made instead and still be marketed as ‘Battleship the Movie’. Is this really what major movie studios have reduced themselves to?
Universal Studios recently invited some Us based journalists to »
- Andrew Peters
As if adapting a movie based on a board game isn’t difficult enough, Peter Berg’s adaptation of Battleship ran into serious rough waters* when it was revealed that the antagonist of the movie would be aliens. Aliens vs. Battleships. Wisely, Berg and Universal realized that the only way to combat such a negative reaction so far in advance of the film’s release was to open the floor to online journalists and withhold as little as possible. And after reading the coverage, especially from Chud.com and Latino Review, Berg has washed away some serious doubts. He describes his plans for the aliens, how he plans to tell the story, the characters, as well as throwing in some bonus, non-Battleship-related news relating to Hancock 2 and a possible sequel to The Rundown. Hit the jump to become a believer in Battleship.
Chud has a great rundown »
- Matt Goldberg
When I was a kid, board games were an important staple in learning how to have fun with other children, whilst building the competitive spirit inside of me that would one day fester itself into becoming an enormous sore loser when things didn't go my way. But it wasn't my opponent's fault. I was just bad at board games."Connect three doesn't count? Aw, man.""There's no way I'm going to trade you my four railroads for your Water Works. The taxes alone combined with the varying utilities rates would make it highly unlikely that I could make a profit...oh, you'll throw in $500? Done.""Don't worry Mr. Patient. I will save you from this Operat...Bzzzzzzz! God, I Hate This Game!!!""I know I rolled a straight. It's my turn, pal. If I wanna go for a Yahtzee on every roll that's my prerogative."And when it came to Battleship? »
Arnold Schwarzenegger has given his film fans a boost by announcing his days as a politician are numbered - and he'll quit chasing public office next year.
The former action man's second and final term as Governor of California comes to an end at the end of 2010 and he insists he won't be seeking any other political gig after he steps down.
The Austrian-bon Republican recently hinted at another possible political run when he challenged America's rules on the nationality of those who seek election as President, but Schwarzenegger insists he won't be seeking that role - or any other once he leaves office in Sacramento, California.
He says, "I have never labelled myself as a politician, so I am not going to run for anything else."
But he stopped short of announcing any film plans. Since taking office in 2003, Schwarzenegger suspended his movie career, appearing only in cameo roles in The Rundown, Around the World in 80 Days and The Kid & I.
I was trying to remain positive about this upcoming Battleship movie because I think director Peter Berg has the potential to be great, but he's making it really hard for me right now. Latino Review got the scoop a few days ago that the big bad in Battleship won't be Nazis, reverse vampires, or ominous looking pegs. Instead, it's aliens. With this news I'm getting the sinking feeling that we're not getting the promising Peter Berg who gave us The Rundown, The Kingdom, and helped bring the fantastic Friday Night Lights to television---instead, I'm envisioning the guy who gave us Hancock. That the film is coming from the brother writing team Jon and Erich Hoeber, they who gave us Whiteout, is no more heartening. Then again, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised. What we're getting is a film adaptation of a Hasbro board game, and just like this year's G. »
- Devindra Hardawar
Warning: As the headline implies, there are potential and substantial spoilers below. When we first heard that Universal was making a movie based on the classic game Battleship, it led to some head-scratching. How did they figure out a way to transform random guesses and the insertion of plastic pegs into a compelling and family-friendly movie about naval combat? What was it that lured filmmaker Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown, Hancock), and made the studio confident enough to slot it »
- Dave Davis
Nothing like a hurts donut just before the weekend starts. To that end, excuse me if I’m being a little lazy, but I’m going to reiterate the same discussion I ran with the poster for this Rock-starring, kiddy-friendly snoozefest. This comes just as the trailer for ‘The Tooth Fairy’ is hitting the Inter-waves via Yahoo! Movies.
Is it the skates? Is it the wings? Is it the horrid tagline? What about this new poster trailer for ‘The Tooth Fairy’ is it that just makes us cringe so much? If you picked any of those three, you’d be wrong? It’s the fact that we remember a day about six years ago when ‘The Rundown’ came out, and a scene early in the film had a passing of the baton of sorts between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Knowing the ‘Jingle All the Way’ and ‘Junior »
Dwayne Johnson's movie career has taken an odd and relatively shameless turn over the past few years. Like most wrestlers, he started out in Hollywood as an up and coming action star doing movies like The Scorpion King, The Rundown, and Walking Tall. After Doom and Southland Tales, however, he settled into more family-friendly territory and has never looked back. Now the trailer for his latest film Tooth Fairy has arrived online, and well... let's just say it's about as family-friendly as it gets. The Rock is Derek Thompson, a scrappy minor-league hockey player who hits so hard that he has earned the nickname "The Tooth Fairy" from opposing players. His bad attitude eventually lands him in hot water, however, and he is granted magical powers and forced to serve as a real honest-to-goodness Tooth Fairy. Hilarious! Would you expect anything more from the director of The Santa Clause 2? »
I may have to retire “Dwayne Johnson is better than this,” because while I know he has the charisma and ability to star in good movies, it’s been six years since “The Rundown” and he seems to have embraced lowest-common-denominator family fare that’s not only insidious but formulaic. Look, he’s a big mean guy (which automatically means “Pro Athlete”, I guess) who needs to learn a lesson in kindness but first we’re going to strip away his masculinity and put him in really embarrassing situations! Box Office Gold! That’s pretty much the plot synopsis for “Tooth Fairy”. The only difference between this and “The Gameplan” is that he gets turned into a Tooth Fairy as a penalty for “killing dreams”.
Slow down. There’s a penalty for killing dreams? I highly doubt that. If that were true, I’d be doing 500-1000 years for dream »
- Matt Goldberg
Is it the skates? Is it the wings? Is it the horrid tagline? What about this new poster for ‘The Tooth Fairy’ is it that just makes us cringe so much? If you picked any of those three, you’d be wrong? It’s the fact that we remember a day about six years ago when ‘The Rundown’ came out, and a scene early in the film had a passing of the baton of sorts between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Knowing the ‘Jingle All the Way’ and ‘Junior’ path Schwarzenegger took later in his career, we were worried then, and it seems our worries have come to fruition.
See that cute, little PG tag in the bottom left-hand corner of the poster? That means the baton has truly been passed. Johnson could have been a second coming for a lot of action fans, but he has jump-started »
Sometimes you think that you have Hollywood figured out and then they do something so random that it just confuses you. First of all, I have never heard of this futuristic robot boxing movie named “Real Steel”. I also didn’t know that it was one of the projects that Peter Berg has been attached to with hopes of directing. Well, now we have news that Peter Berg will not be directing this cool as hell sounding movie and instead has been replaced by Shawn Levy (”Night at the Museum”, “Cheaper by the Dozen”). So, yeah, this movie just went from sounding pretty bad ass to sounding kind of lame to me. You can get the full details when you hit the jump.
THR gives us a plot synopsis of “Real Steel” by telling us that the story will take place in a near future where “human boxing has been outlawed, »
- Ramses Flores
The word emerged today that director Peter Berg's adaptation of the Hasbro board game "Battleship" will sail into theaters on July 1, 2011, according to a report in Variety. Berg described his adaptation as "a contemporary story of an international five-ship fleet engaged in a very dynamic, violent and intense battle." It's worth noting that he didn't actually name the aggressors, so it could be anything from terrorists to aliens and beyond. Given Berg's background -- "Hancock," "The Kingdom," "The Rundown" -- it could really be anything.
Last week, the MTV's Eric Ditzian had a little chat with the director, and he was all too excited to discuss his upcoming board game adaptation. When Eric expressed skepticism about the feasability of adapting a game of this sort for the big screen, Berg jumped quickly to dismiss any concerns.
"That's what we do man. It's our job to crack these things... and they're very crackable, »
- Adam Rosenberg
B7. Miss! C9. You sunk my interest! Studios are apparently quite serious about exploiting every possible brand and franchise, and so a movie based on the classic game Battleship is setting sail, with filmmaker Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown, Hancock) on the bridge. Universal and Berg have presumably figured out a way to transform random guesses and the insertion of plastic pegs into a compelling and family-friendly movie about naval combat... and they want it firing cannons on screens »
- Dave Davis
Although remakes have been a common trend in the Weekly Ketchup for quite a while, few weeks have ever been as dominated by them as this one, with remakes taking up 6 of the 11 stories. That is surely an all time (and dubious) record. And then there's a few sequels as well (White Chicks 2, Spider-Man 5 & 6). Hooray for originality, Hollywood. #1 The Original Spider-man 4 Writer Is Weaving The Web Of Spider-man 5 And 6 James Vanderbilt (Zodiac; cowriter of The Rundown), who Sony had originally hired to write the script for Spider-Man 4, has been »
Director Peter Berg ("The Kingdom", "The Rundown") tells Sci-Fi Wire that a sequel to last year's critically maligned but financially profitable Will Smith superhero vehicle "Hancock" is still on the cards. "They [Sony Pictures] would like to fast-track it, but Will's busy, I'm pretty busy. We're excited to do one, but we want the script to be right and the movie to be right. We don't feel a burning imperative to go right back into it" says Berg. What story would he use? "There might be another god out there... Might be another one" he said, adding that Jason Bateman's publicist character should continue his storyline of starting a charity campaign. »
12 Rounds is either one of the best tributes to action films of the last two decades or a horrible rip-off with nothing unique to say or show – it’s a genuine toss-up. But even if you can’t decide whether or not 12 Rounds borrows too much or the right amount, one thing isn’t debatable: John Cena has no place acting. The movie itself has problems left and right, but what’s really proven by the time credits roll is that action stars don’t just require muscular bodies in tear-away shirts, some acting is required. Bruce Willis didn’t rock our faces off in Die Hard by just being tough as nails – no, instead he threw in some acting to make John McClane endearing and even funny.
- Lex Walker
Sony is really going all out on this one. They've hired a third screenwriter to rewrite Spider-Man 4 once again. Back in 2007 it was announced that James Vanderbilt (The Rundown, Zodiac) was the very first writer to work on this script. Then it was announced last year that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Robots, Inkheart) would work on it. Now it's Oscar nominated screenwriter Gary Ross responsible for Big, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and The Tale of Despereaux. He's a good writer and has a long-standing relationship with Tobey Maguire, which is a good thing, but will that work wonders here? This could be taken as bad news, but I'm trying to look on the bright side. Sony is just making sure they're getting a damn good script. They've got to recover from the bad taste that Spider-Man 3 left in everyone's mouth and they've got boatloads of cash to spend to »
- Alex Billington
A couple rumors are circulating the interwebs this week, so I thought I'd put together a small round-up. First up, JoBlo caught wind of an article in the Australian magazine Rci that claims a remake of the 1980's Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic Commando is being developed. Another site, Cinefools, has also heard rumblings of a Commando reboot, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson rumored to star. Hollywood is rebooting all the other Schwarzenegger action films (Predator, Total Recall..etc) so why not Commando? And The Rock has long been compared as the Arnold of the next generation. Some might recall a mini "passing of the torch" in The Rundown. Mark this rumor as possible. UK Newspaper The Guardian speculates that the 23rd James Bond film will feature "the poppy fields and drug barons of [Afghanistan]." Apparently the screenwriters of the next Bond adventure sought technical advice from the British embassy in Kabul, »
- Peter Sciretta
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, »
- Ross Miller
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