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Battleship Director Blames Lack Of Big Star For The Movie’s Failure

BattleshipRemember Battleship? Yes, the film adaptation of the widely popular board game of the same name [but with aliens, for some reason – Ed.]. About a year ago, the science fiction movie was hoping to capture a bit of that Transformers box office and become one of the biggest hits of the summer. Audiences had other plans: not watching Battleship. The film tanked at the box office, grossing only $65.4 million domestically, against a $209 million production budget. (The film did much better overseas, bringing in $301 million worldwide.) Director Peter Berg’s previous film, Hancock, grossed $624.3 million worldwide, in spite of negative reviews. So why did Battleship fail to bring in American audiences?

According to Berg, it had nothing to do with the quality of the film, but rather that it didn’t star a recognizable and bankable movie star like Hancock‘s Will Smith. Berg believes that if Battleship had starred a bigger name, it would’ve been a more successful movie. Berg told the New York Times:

I got a taste of a film’s global power [with Hancock]. But I discounted the effect of Will Smith on Hancock’s success. I thought I could pull off Battleship without a big star … I don’t want to tackle that kind of economic project for quite a while.

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Battleship Gets The Inevitable CinemaSins Treatment

For a film as poorly planned, conceived, written, and acted as was Peter Berg’s Battleship, it’s kind of ridiculous that anyone would want to spend supplemental time with it in order to shine light on all of its faults, and that I would spend time writing about how good the video is at pointing out how terrible the movie is. But then, avoiding redundancies isn’t something humanity is known for.

CinemaSins are the YouTubers who rip popular big-budgeted movies apart for their “sins,” and while films like these always have factual errors for people to point out, a liberal dose of humor and opinions are thrown into these videos. But again, it’s fucking Battleship, possibly the biggest action cliché to ever exist, replacing the dumb enjoyment – was it even that? – of The Expendables films with more unbelievable junk. For better or worse, here is “Everything Wrong With Battleship in 6 Minutes or Less.”

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Unused Battleship Alien Design Reveal Good Imagination In A Bad Movie

Remember Battleship? The giant alien-invasion summer movie that was slated to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012 is now available on Blu-ray/DVD. Although the movie was a one of the most disappointing movies of 2012, the movie’s creature and alien creations weren’t bad. If only director Peter Berg could’ve put them in a good movie.

One of the bonus features from the release illustrates how ILM animators and sculptors created concept models of the alien race in Battleship. “Pete was very intent on having a not-slimy alien,” explains the film’s producer Sarah Aubrey. The aliens in Battleship were more functional rather than stylistic and resembled humanoid beings with foreign characteristics. The animators explain that the aliens wear organic mech suits that interact with their skin to act more like one being. They also describe the special alien “quill beards” that were made out of the same material as human fingernails. Here’s the clip, via io9.com.

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Word Of Advice From Oliver Stone To Taylor Kitsch After Two Box Office Bombs

Taylor Kitsch is not having a very good year. Following his long run on TV’s Friday Night Lights, Kitsch starred in two tentpole science fiction movies, John Carter and Battleship, that did not live up to the studio’s huge expectations. But Taylor Kitsch’s Savages director, Oliver Stone, reportedly gave him some words of wisdom to cheer up the would-be movie star.

In an interview with THR, Taylor Kitsch revealed Oliver Stone, in an email, told him,

“With any job there is always going to be self-doubt that creeps in, but know that you are going to have a long career,”

Taylor will star in Oliver Stone’s latest film, Savages. Kitsch plays the character Chon, along with his brother Ben (Aaron Johnson), the two are pot growers who finds themselves in a face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend, O (Blake Lively). Savages opens on July 6th.

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Battleship Submerges As The Most Disappointing Movie Of The Year

battleshipMove over John Carter, Battleship has surpassed you as the most disappointing movie of the year. With such high hopes in launching a new possible franchise and a new trend in adapting board games into movies, Battleship has only grossed $59.8 million in North America after four weeks in release. This figure is $7 million fewer than John Carter’s forth week box office.

The director of Battleship, Peter Berg said at the Produced By conference, an event with some of the biggest directors and producers in Hollywood coming together to address the issues of the industry…

I have a movie in theaters right now which has obviously underperformed in many ways… When [a movie] doesn’t work, it’s an … interesting opportunity to look at what went wrong and how it went wrong.

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Battleship Concept Art Is More Enjoyable Than The Movie

Battleship hasn’t been able to convince many to come aboard here in the states, despite inexplicably making huge bank overseas. I’d suggest that the American box-office failure is because all the trailers looked horrible, but then I remember that the Transformers movies have collectively made approximately a bazillion dollars, so that can’t be it. Still, while Battleship is at best a guilty pleasure, the movie does feature some cool designs, and you can see those ideas on display in the pics posted by concept artist Josh Nizzi. Battleship may be a stinker, but I can’t help but admire the craftsmanship that went into images like this one:

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