You might remember how last summer, we all saw the trailer to “Battleship” and we all laughed. But Peter Berg is not laughing. Berg, the director, is apparently the only one at Paramount who realizes that the public is not exactly taking his movie based on a board game seriously, and is trying, very hard, to make it clear this is not simply a shameless cash-in on the part of a major movie studio, but a love letter to the Navy.
“There’s been so much inherent skepticism about how you can make a film about plastic pegs and grids. To me that was never an issue. It was all about naval warfare and about the modern navy and I’ve had the privilege of knowing the modern navy, being on the ships that you guys got to see and going out to sea and watching them operate and seeing what their weapons systems are, seeing how smart the men and women are that fight. I always knew there could be a film there, but now the reality of actually executing that is an awesome task.
The alien ships…fire…explosive…pegs, Pete.
The full interview with him can be found over at ComingSoon, and to be fair, CS does a good enough job of stating the film is better than it looks that we at least now think it might be deliberately entertaining instead of unintentionally funny. Apparently Peter Berg put every penny of that $200 million into blowing things up REAL GOOD, so at least it’ll be fun on that level.
The teaser, in case you forgot, below the jump, along with the new trailer, which frankly just makes this thing look more like a “Transformers” ripoff.
[ via the shipbuilders at Coming Soon ]