While most of us are still trying to figure out how and why Ridley Scott will actually be directing a Monopoly movie, Hasbro and Universal have quietly continued to make the rounds in Hollywood, signing up big name talent for even more movies based on popular board game properties. Back in February they snagged Enchanted director Kevin Lima and Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen for Candy Land. Then Gore Verbinski agreed to direct Clue. Now this month it appears that they are close to landing a captain for Battleship as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Berg is in talks to direct the movie, from a script that will be written by Jon and Erich Hoeber (Whiteout). If this actually comes to pass, it will be a pretty huge win for Hasbro, who will then be able to slap the tagline, “From the director of Hancock and The Kingdom” on the posters. Not much is known about the movie at this point except that they are planning an “epic naval action adventure” (clearly the Hoeber Bros will have a few gaps to fill in). I will say that this is the first board game movie that actually sounds decent, but realistically, the Battleship name has absolutely nothing to do with it. Would you watch a Battleship movie directed by Peter Berg? Will any of these board game movies actually be worth checking out?