Gunning for 'Battleship'

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Peter Berg might be crying out, "You sank my battleship!"

The filmmaker is in talks to direct a big-screen version of the Hasbro board game for Universal. Brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber have signed to write the script.

The game, which began in pencil and paper form in the early 20th century and is now available on platforms from cell phones to computers, consists of two players arranging a variety of ships on a grid. The game proceeds in alternating salvos as players try to "sink" the opposition's ships by guessing where they sit on the grid.

While plot details are being kept below deck, the studio is looking to make an epic naval action adventure.

Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir are producing for Hasbro. Dylan Clark and Anikah McLaren are overseeing for the studio.

Endeavor-repped Berg, who most recently directed "Hancock," has made several movies for Universal, including "The Kingdom," "Friday Night Lights" and "The Rundown."

The Hoeber brothers wrote "Whiteout," an upcoming Kate Beckinsale thriller based on the comic book, and penned Summit's comic book adaptation "Red," which has Bruce Willis in talks to star. The duo is repped by Endeavor and the Cheng Caplan Co.

Universal has several board-game titles in development as part of its six-year deal with Hasbro. "Ouija Board" is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle, "Candy Land" has Kevin Lima attached to direct with Etan Cohen writing the script, and Ridley Scott is developing a project based on "Monopoly." (partialdiff)
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