This summer’s biggest box office blockbuster might also be your favorite childhood game. Battleship opened in Australia this week and is set to hit US theaters in May with Taftie Peter Berg ’80 at the helm.
Berg, well known for his Emmy-winning television series Friday Night Lights, told the Australian press that he wanted to make a “big summer popcorn” movie. And big it is: with stars like Liam Neeson, Rhianna and the requisite summer blockbuster aliens, Battleship is poised to take theaters by storm.
Berg talked about his inspiration for the film at WonderCon2012:
"I’m a huge fan of the Navy,” Berg told the press corps at WonerCon2012. “My father was a Naval historian, and I’ve been studying Naval battles forever… The big fun in Battleship is that there are no current battleships in the Navy today. The battleships are about 1,000 feet long and they have huge guns. They were what you saw in WWII. The last battleship that was used was the Missouri, which is what the Japanese surrendered to, with the Americans in WWII, in Tokyo Bay… One of the things that makes this film original is that it really takes you into a world that you’ve never gotten to go to. To go out 200 miles out into the sea and see how these ships operate and get a sense of a world that we really know very little about is pretty awesome."
Battleship opens in US theaters on May 18th.