First Trailer For BATTLESHIP Movie

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First Trailer For BATTLESHIP Movie

It's certainly not a new thing for Hollywood to plumb the depths of our childhoods for toys and games to make movies out of, but even so the idea of making a Battleship movie seemed dumber than most others. And as you'll see from the first trailer below the idea hasn't evolved into anything much smarter, either.

From director Peter Berg (The Rundown, Hancock) and writing duo Erich and Jon Hoeber (Red and the upcoming Man on a Ledge) comes a film based on the Hasbro board game which consisted of guessing the placement of your opponents ship on a vertical board. What have they concocted from that most basic of games? An alien invasion film. Figures.

The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson (for some reason), Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Josh Pence and... Rihanna (yes, the singer). 

Watch the bombastic trailer below, which you'd be forgiven for thinking is for a Michael Bay movie.

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huffy08July 27, 2011 5:31 PM

Don't forget Tadanobu Asano. It's nice to see Hollywood continuing their tradition of wasting great Asian actors on garbage (see Lee Byung-hun).

shonokinJuly 27, 2011 5:37 PM

I'm eagerly awaiting the PONG movie.

AirchinapilotJuly 27, 2011 6:26 PM

I can't believe this teaser doesn't have THE PHRASE from the game. Way to let me down, Hollywood.

AirchinapilotJuly 27, 2011 6:37 PM

Tadanobu Asano maybe has a larger role than he did in Thor. Maybe he gets to say a few things?

Ross MillerJuly 27, 2011 7:09 PM

Oh man I just read that Asano is in it. It's awesome he's getting recognition from wider audiences but yes, Hollywood doesn't seem to know (or care?) what to do with him and many other Asian actors who make the jump. I also find it curious that the trailer doesn't once show Rihanna. You'd think they'd be selling the crap out of that fact she's in it.

Ross MillerJuly 27, 2011 7:10 PM

I'm sure it will happen sooner or later....

HKFanaticJuly 27, 2011 7:31 PM

Hey, at least Hiroyuki Sanada got a decent role in "Sunshine"...though I guess that wasn't technically Hollywood. And GI Joe may have sucked but Lee Byung-hun was the best part of it. :D

Kwenton BelletteJuly 27, 2011 7:43 PM

This film sunk my battleship

huffy08July 27, 2011 7:48 PM

"I also find it curious that the trailer doesn't once show Rihanna. You'd think they'd be selling the crap out of that fact she's in it."

That's a pretty big double-edged sword in my opinion. On one hand you'd get that much more press. On the other hand most people have a built-in skepticism when it comes to pop stars becoming actors. The trailer already makes the movie look like a joke. Highlighting the fact that Rihanna is in it would push it into "big-budget SNL skit" in the minds of a lot of people.

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggJuly 28, 2011 4:00 AM

Would we view this trailer any differently if we had no knowledge of its origins as a game? Would that make it more or less interesting? I find the trailer, and the concept of the film, quite baffling, but perhaps that is because I know the game. (Admittedly, even if I did not, this is not my kind of movie.)

Ard VijnJuly 28, 2011 4:51 AM

What's keeping me afloat here (haha) is the fact that Peter Berg is at the helm.
Nearly every movie by him had a concept which I found unappealing but turned out to be executed far better than I expected. I really like him as a director and there is always an extra cheeky, sarcastic, almost un-Hollywood layer in his films.

Normally I'd dismiss this in a heartbeat until it's on television in a few years (and I'd be reaaaaally bored) but with Peter on board I'm actually intrigued. And that includes all the weird casting that is attached.

Kurt HalfyardJuly 28, 2011 1:57 PM

With Peter Berg (who also subtly parodied the jungle adventure movie (THE RUNDOWN) and superhero movie (HANCOCK) the jokey tone wouldn't surprise me. Although yea, I can totally see the amalgamation of Michael Bay movies from Armageddon to TF.

Still, I can't see dropping money on this theatrically, Berg or not...

andrewzJuly 28, 2011 6:07 PM

When has Hollywood ever had an asian leading man? When you watch Hollywood fare asians are either the villain, the tech expert or the white guy's main squeeze.

This thing has a $200,000,000 budget according to IMDB. Who in the world thinks this movie could make that kind of money? I swear I don't know who's more out of touch with reality - Hollywood or Washington D.C.