May 18th, 2012 is going to be an historic day… one that could change all of our lives forever. That day marks the release of Battleship, a major Hollywood blockbuster based on a board game, and if successful it could open the floodgates for much more of the same. The world will never be the same again. In all seriousness, I’m well aware that there was already a Clue movie back in the ’80s, but this is different. We’ve seen studios option all kinds of board games over the past year or two, and Hasbro and Universal even have a partnership virtually guaranteeing that there will be more of these. But for now, all eyes are on Battleship, which will be the first one out of the gate.
What you might not know is that for some unknown reason, Battleship is actually an alien invasion movie. It could probably be a Battle: Los Angeles sequel or spin-off, if not for all the laughably bad Screenwriting 101 cliches. I mean, dating the admiral’s daughter? Really? Directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock), and starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, this trailer will likely get a lot of viral attention a la Snakes on a Plane. If they’re smart, they’ll do some reshoots to add the line, “You sank my battleship!” somewhere in there too. But in the end, will the Hasbro branding hurt this movie’s chances at the box office or will it help? Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.