Battleship: First Trailer & Poster

Posted by Grey Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hollywood's current fascination with alien invasion continues with Battleship, a science fiction naval war film based on Hasbro's old school naval combat game. Yes, you read me right.

Yes, the very same Hollywood that came up short of delivering Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's classic horror novella, "At the Mountain of Madness", and Ron Howard's ambitious take on Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, has the audacity to throw in millions in making a film based on an old school paper-and-pencil game.

While we don't get to see players scratching their heads trying to outmaneuver each other in this live-action adaptation, we do get to see the continued fixation that Hollywood had on the current batches of films as director Peter Berg goes all-out "Michael Bay" pitting Navy fleets against alien invaders. The film stars the upcoming John Carter (of Mars)'s Taylor Kitsch, True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård, Tadanobu Asano, and R&B sensation Rihanna herself, with Liam Neeson adding some much-needed acting creditability.

Here’s the official synopsis for Battleship:

Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.

And here's an alternate version of the synopsis, courtesy of Production Weekly:

A story of an international Navy fleet engaged in a very dynamic and intense battle against an alien race known as "The Regents". The aliens come to planet Earth, on a mission to build a power source in the ocean. Upon their visit, they come in contact with a navy fleet. The film is also purported to show both sides of the story, from the aliens' perspective, as well as the humans' so the audience knows exactly where the opponent's ships are.

Without further ado, here's the trailer (head over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD, if you must), followed by the appropriately god-awful first poster.


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