Universal Suing The Asylum Over Battleship Rip-Off

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You all should be very familiar with a professional trollers The Asylum by now. The small production company is famous for making the straight-to-DVD copycat flicks that fill Blockbuster’s dusty shelves with confusing imagery meant to trick renters into accidentally grabbing their mock version of Almighty Thor, rather than the actual Marvel version of Thor. It’s a little shiesty, but it works for them, and if someone is dumb enough to fall for it then they deserve to watch a shitty movie.

Well, The Asylum has now stepped on the wrong person’s toes. According to TMZ, Universal, the production company behind the upcoming noisy-robot-alien flick Battleship, is suing the mocksters for producing American Battleship, a very similar movie with an even more similar poster. Claiming that American Battleship is piggybacking on their hard work and $30 million ad campaign, Universal is suing The Asylum for “unspecified damages”, which will likely wind up being millions of dollars.

This hardly seems worth Universal’s time. First of all, they’re not going to get much out of such a small company. Maybe they can sink their battleship, but Asylum isn’t exactly overflowing with dough so Universal’s payout won’t be much, if anything, at which point The Asylum will dance into the distance singing:

However, it seems logical that Universal will go through with this in hopes of receiving some more income from their Battlefield venture, which we are all hoping will be dead in the water after opening weekend anyway. Seriously guys, don’t go see this movie. It looks terrible.

As mentioned, Universal has spent $30 million on their US ad campaign already, and while they’re upset this little company is riding their coattails, this negative news story keeps Battleship front of mind for people, and all press is good press, right? Right. Anyway, although this could be a bump in the road for The Asylum, don’t expect the Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus producers to stop making some of the best good/bad movies on the market. Personally, I’m way more excited to see a low budget Mario Van Peebles/Carl Weathers movie. That seems like way more fun.


  1. mac like this says:

    watched battleship really not that bad exempt for the story the action was good.

  2. ledzep says:

    I thought the movie was pretty good…the avengers actually bore me a little.

  3. Diesel-ds says:

    I thought it was one of the best films i have seen for quite some time… For starters it wasn’t a god damn sequel to something it was a semi original idea which is more than you can ask for nowadays at the cinema. It hit every one of my film G-spots. It was scifi, it had naval warfare as well as great naval tactics and had such great special effects! Even the story line drew me in, made me feel for the characters especially the fella with no legs! I couldn’t look away from the screen. Though there was one major plot hole as far as i was concerned… Why would the aliens give up after one failed scout mission? The only thing that could ruin this movie in my opinion is a sequel. Unless the next one is in space. Reverse engineering and what not.


  4. Gerald says:

    Unfortunately, I would wager that the Asylum production is actually better written than the original. Although not know for spectacular writing, I have always had a soft spot for Asylum, their business model is ingenious, and it is clear that they do put serious effort into their movies despite the shoestring budgets. Given their scheme, they could produce movies fimled with a home-video camcorder and get away with it, but they do go as far as using CGI special effects.

  5. Lucian says:

    i hope that one day someone will close forever the Asylum .This “company” it’s the worst thing that happened to us, all the movie fanns.with they very existance they are offending us!