Peter Berg‘s strength is in his ability to tell a gripping story, and give it a cinematic feel. The intense military drama Lone Survivor and the powerful oil-rig disaster Deepwater Horizon, were all fine examples of dramatized based on true-life stories that captured the world’s attention. Come next year, he will do the same with Patriots Day, a film that chronicles the events that transpired before, during, and after the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in April 2013.
I remember working at my desk on the day that the Boston Marathon bombings occurred, and all anyone could do is look to the internet and social media to see what was happening.
Now we get to at least see a dramatized version of that day in Peter Berg‘s Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and Michelle Monaghan. The first trailer for the movie has been released, and you can check it out below.
A teaser trailer has been released for Deepwater Horizon, a movie about the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Back in 2010 a blowout, a massive and uncontrollable release of crude oil, occurred on the rig named Deepwater Horizon, which led to a devastating explosion that ignited a fireball that could be seen from 40 miles away, the eventual sinking of the rig, and the loss of eleven lives. After the explosion oil gushed from the earth at a catastrophic rate, creating one of the biggest man-made disasters of all time.
You can watch the first teaser trailer for the movie below.
Lone Survivor Director: Peter Berg
Screenwriter: Peter Berg
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana Universal Pictures
Rated R | 121 Minutes
Release Date: January 10, 2014
“Live to tell the story.”
Written and directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Friday Night Lights), Lone Survivor is based on the 2007 nonfiction book by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.
Set during the War in Afghanistan, in the Pech District of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, the film tells the story of the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings, in which four SEAL teammates were tasked to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah (Yousuf Azami).
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster star as SEALs Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, and Matt ‘Axe’ Axelson, respectively. Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen, is portrayed by Eric Bana.
Battleship Directed by Peter Berg
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Prepare To Be Boarded… More Like Bored-ed
Battleship was first released by the Milton Bradley Company in 1943 as the pad-and-pencil game, Broadsides: the Game of Naval Strategy, and then as a traditional board game in 1967. Of course, if you’re reading Geeks Of Doom, you’re probably most familiar with the 1989 Electronic Talking Battleship and the classic catchline, “You sunk my battleship!”
After the success of toys-to-films franchises like Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, toy mega-giant Hasbro reviewed its catalog and selected Battleship as its next project, with director Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) at the helm. In the film adaptation, NASA discovers an extrasolar, Earth-like planet with conditions suitable for life. Using a high-tech communications array in Hawaii, NASA transmits a signal to the far-off planet in an attempt to make contact with potential intelligent life forms.
The Battleship panel at WonderCon 2012 today featured director Peter Berg, actor Alexander Skarsgard, and actress Brooklyn Decker. Berg began by explaining how his childhood revolved around the Navy, giving him the passion for helming a naval film.
Berg also explained that even thought at first Battleship may seem like a ridiculous concept for a film, this movie encompasses the brutality that the board game can bring. Berg expressed that, “When I say hit, I try to kill you as brutally and quickly and mercilessly as possible… that is good DNA for a movie.”
Berg introduced the first clip for Battleship saying, “At its core it is suppose to be a big rousing piece of Summer popcorn madness.”
Yet another new trailer for Universal Pictures’ sea-going alien invasion extravaganza Battleship has hit the web boasting more large-scale mayhem and extraterrestrial menaces that vaguely resemble Master Chief to make the last Transformers movie look like a German indie film.
You can watch the video here below.
Just about every CG-enhanced money shot in Peter Berg‘s board game-based sci-fi adventure has been crammed into these headache-inducing two minutes. The movie’s release is two months away so at this point anyone interested in seeing it has already made up their mind. Battleship looks like decent summer entertainment, nothing more.
During last night’s Super Bowl Universal Pictures debuted the latest preview for their summer alien invasion epic/board game adaptation Battleship.
You can watch the TV spot here below.
The minute-long TV spot is little more than a sizzle reel of destruction, awesome-looking aliens (where the writers and director Peter Berg playing Halo during the development process?), and a hard rock soundtrack. In other words this looks like the ideal summer event flick. I just hope there’s a really juicy steak among all this sizzle being sold, instead of that slab of rancid beef jerky that was Cowboys & Aliens.
While getting ready for his board game-to-movie action blockbuster Battleship to hit theaters on May 18, 2012, director Peter Berg (The Rundown, The Kingdom) offered up an update on the possibility of a Hancock 2 happening.
Berg basically said that everyone involved, including star Will Smith, wanted the movie to happen, and that it was just a matter of finding the time when everyone could actually do it.