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Peter Berg previews Naval authenticity and reveals 'Battleship' movie secrets
The "Hancock" and "Friday Night Lights" director is well aware of the skepticism of turning a board game into a movie. However, as the son of a Naval historian who also wrote a major high school term paper on how the Japanese could have won the Battle of Midway in WWII (he got a B+ if you're curious), Berg believes there is inherent drama in the real life strategic decisions that make a Naval warship work. In his eyes, that makes the basis of the "Battleship" game a perfect setting for a great seafaring action adventure. . . .
Yes, confirming a report from Latino Review, Berg discussed his reasons for making the adversary come from another world as we flew back to Los Angeles.
"The idea of finding a credible context for [a conventional enemy] eluded me," Berg admits. "A film where America goes to war against China or America goes to war against England or Australia or Japan or any of the few countries that have credible navies. It felt like it would border on some sort of jingoistic American military exercise that I could not get my head around. I liked the idea of something that felt big, larger than lie and I liked the challenge it presented."
Berg went on to show us concept drawings created by the wizards at ILM that featured ships the aliens -- bound to the oceans mind you and referred to as The Regent -- would take on the U.S. Navy with. Arriving from space, the ships were black with a few long panes or fins below them that allow the vessel to hover or glide along the surface of the water. Berg says the idea isn't exactly hydroplaning, but movement similar to that of a water bug. He also said that like in the game, The Regent's feet of ships would be similar in power and strength of a fleet of U.S. destroyers with one Japanese warship along for good measure. The Regent's ships are a bit more advanced than current human technology, but not so much that they shoot lasers and we have a mini-version of "ID4" on our hands. They'll use similar ballistics to the missiles the American forces will have. And, of course, just like in the game some of the ships are harder to sink than others. . . .
Hitfix, December 2
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 27 July 2011 - 12:47 PM.