Universal's confusing plan to turn mundane board games into a feature films--so far they've got Ridley Scott directing Monopoly, Michael Bay producing Ouija, and Kevin Lima directing Candy Land--has taken another triumphant, unnecessary step forward today with The Hollywood Reporter claiming Hancock's Peter Berg is in talks to direct:
Peter Berg may be crying out "You sank my battleship!"
The filmmaker is in talks to direct a big-screen version of the Hasbro board game for Universal. Brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber have signed on to write the script.
The game, which began in pencil and paper form in the early 20th century and is now available on platforms from cell phones to computers, consists of two players arranging a variety of ships on a grid. The game proceeds in alternating salvos as players try to "sink" the opposition's ships by guessing where they sit on the grid.
While plot details are being kept below deck, the studio is looking to make an epic naval action adventure.
Thank god they're moving ahead with this. I was just thinking to myself, "You know what's missing from all the naval adventures I've seen? References to a board game." Not once in Hunt for Red October or any episodes I've seen of SeaQuest DSV has a character shouted, "You sunk my battleship!" or, "This isn't a game!" Rectify this, Peter Berg!