Saturday afternoon, Peter Berg attended the WonderCon panel for his latest movie, Battleship, and answered a question that's been on all our minds. Why are there aliens in this movie? Oddly enough, Berg's inspiration came from an unlikely source.
Berg always wanted to make a film based on the Navy. But it was hard finding a premise that both he and a studio could get behind. So when Battleship came up, he thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a great war film with mass appeal. But how did aliens get involved? The director decided to clear the air once and for all.
"So we're going to do Battleship, and we know that it has some very intense violence in it. With that said, I wanted to make a film that felt fun. I didn't want to make a movie for those of you who are familiar with your World War II history. So I started to think about who our enemy could be."
At the time, Berg had watched a Stephen Hawking documentary where he talked about Goldilocks planets (planets with climates that could possibly support life). Berg explained, "We are targeting these planets [we really do this] with high-frequency signals. The purpose of these signals is to basically say, 'Hey, we're here. We're Earth.'"
Berg continued, "I thought, wouldn't it be interesting if at the beginning of the movie we identify a planet that is a Goldilocks planet and we send a signal out? That's how Battleship opens."
For the film, Berg took familiar elements from the game and kicked them up a notch. "... as simple as it is with me calling out D1, you say miss. You say D5, I say miss. When I say hit, something kind of interesting happens. I try to kill you as brutally and quickly and mercilessly as possible. That's actually really good DNA for a movie."
Well, doesn't that sound like deadly fun?
Battleship opens in theaters May 18.