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Battleship coming to theaters

April 13, 2012 - Marguerite Lanthier
I’ve got a great idea for a movie. Take the game Battleship, spend about $200 millions dollars, throw in a lot of special effects, some aliens invading Earth, a hot chick or two, some veteran Hollywood actors and it’s a blockbuster franchise. Oh wait someone already had that idea and it will be in theaters soon. The movie idea comes from Hasbro Inc., the toy maker of behind those action classics “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.” The movie version of “Battleship,” actually has a plot, but about the only thing it has in common with the game is the title, according to a story by the Associated Press. In the movie, alien ships burst out of their hiding place in the ocean and trap some battleships under a giant force field inside which the two sides must duke it out. The aliens appear to have weapons with distinctly peg-like shapes, along with some spinning metal balls of death known as "shredders," which were not part of the board game. Hasbro has that little wrinkle covered. The company is releasing a new version of the game using cards that enable the wielder to wipe out a whole row or column of their opponents' pieces, offering kids a way to relive the experience of the movie at home. If it succeeds, “Battleship” will be the advance guard of a whole fleet of planned adaptations of Hasbro games including “Ouija,” also being developed by Universal for release in 2013, as well as “Risk” and “Candy Land,” which are both in the works at Sony Corp. “Stretch Armstrong,” a movie based on the glutinous-armed toy from Hasbro, is set for 2014 release by Relativity Media. In the movie “Candy Land,” I think they should have Johnny Depp star as some weird guy dressed in strange clothing, who runs a weird country children try to escape. What else is left, “Clue?” Oh, wait, they tried that one and it bombed. Of course that doesn’t mean it still can’t make it to theaters again.


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