Universal has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. The film centers on four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. This behind-the-scenes featurette explains the real story behind the film, and the ethos of the SEALs. There’s a heavy emphasis on brotherhood and fighting for the sake of the man next to you. The tragic aspect is that at the end, there was only the “lone survivor”, Marcus Luttrell, who went on to write about his experiences, and his book became the basis for the movie. It looks like Berg has tried to create a film in the vein of Black Hawk Down, and I hope he’s succeeded.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will premiere at AFI Fest, open in limited release on December 27th, and go wide on January 10, 2014.
Three years after Lost ended with a polarizing and much buzzed-about series finale, creator Damon Lindelof is officially returning to television. Warner Bros. TV announced today that HBO has ordered Lindelof’s The Leftovers to series, with a 10-episode first season likely to premiere sometime next year. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux leads a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.
The pilot was directed by Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg, and obviously HBO took a liking to the result. Lindelof will serve as showrunner on the series, which will likely decrease the amount of time he is able to devote to feature films. He most recently co-wrote the Disney pic Tomorrowland with Brad Bird, and that film is currently in production with George Clooney in the lead and a December 2014 release date set.
Universal Pictures have released the first trailer, poster, and images for Peter Berg‘s adaptation of the non-fiction book Lone Survivor. The film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission who try to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative, but are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Berg is a wildly uneven director, but I have so much good will towards him for The Rundown and The Kingdom that I want him to succeed. Unfortunately, this trailer makes the film look like a military recruitment ad of the worst kind. The best way to respect the troops is to paint them honestly, and I fear that honesty is absent from Berg’s picture. I hope this trailer is misleading and Berg hasn’t made Act of Valor but with real actors.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and images. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana. Lone Survivor will open for an awards-qualifying limited release on December 27th before going wide on January 10th.
Though they only just finished working together on the Navy SEAL thriller Lone Survivor, director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg are already planning a reunion project. Fresh off a new adaptation by Oscar-winning The Departed screenwriter William Monahan, Wahlberg has become attached to star in American Desperado with Berg directing. The book is based on a series of interviews between Generation Kill author/journalist Evan Wright and super-criminal Jon Roberts, the focus of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Roberts’ life story can be filed under “stranger than fiction,” as he recounts being born into Mafia royalty, running guns for the CIA, smuggling cocaine for the Medellin cartel, and brushing elbows with the likes of Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix. Hit the jump for more on the project.
Universal Pictures announced today that it will be releasing director Peter Berg’s (The Rundown) Navy SEAL film Lone Survivor on January 10, 2014. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book of the same name, the film tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The film’s impressive cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana.
Berg and Kitsch are coming off of last summer’s bomb Battleship, but both have proven themselves to be quite talented in the past, so hopefully Lone Survivor is a return to form. The film will likely open in New York and Los Angeles at the end of December to qualify for awards season, and will face off against the Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing film Grudge Match and the Lionsgate horror pic Jessabelle when it opens wide on January 10th.
Another Pain & Gain reunion is already in the works. Deadline reports that Dwayne Johnson is set to star in and executive produce a half-hour dramedy pilot for HBO about the lives of athletes, with his Pain & Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg also onboard to executive produce alongside Steve Levinson. The project takes place in Miami and “chronicles the lives of athletes—some retired, some still active.” Johnson will play one of the athletes, but at this time it sounds like Wahlberg is only producing. Levinson—who wrote many episodes of the Wahlberg-produced HBO series Entourage—wrote the pilot, which will be directed by Friday Night Lights helmer Peter Berg. Production is slated to begin this fall.
This marks another move for the very busy Johnson, who is next set to shoot his starring role in Brett Ratner’s Hercules. The actor is also in talks to return for Fast & Furious 7 should his schedule allow. This also marks the second HBO pilot that Berg is helming this season, as he will also direct the pilot for Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s potential series The Leftovers.
Last summer, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof talked about his collaboration with Tom Perrotta (Election) in adapting Perrotta’s 2011 post-Rapture novel The Leftovers for HBO, which the premium network picked up in February. It was announced today (via Production Weekly) that Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock, Battleship) is now on board to direct the pilot, continuing a trend of movie directors making a move to the small screen. Filming will take place in New York and should start in mid-June, so expect a 2014 premiere date should HBO pick the pilot up to series.
The Leftovers marks Lindelof’s first return to television since the end of Lost (however you feel about that), but as has been pointed out, him being so in demand for big-screen projects may see him reduce his involvement with the series a tad, although he did co-write the Leftovers pilot with Perrotta and appears to be on-track to serve as showrunner. Hit the jump for more on The Leftovers.
This coming Sunday, TV viewers the world over will be inundated with a hefty amount of football advertising during the Super Bowl. While the majority of the pricey spots will premiere that evening, one such ad has been released online a tad early. Dwayne Johnson stars in a clever “Got Milk?” commercial that was directed by Johnson’s The Rundown helmer Peter Berg. It’s a neat spot that plays on Johnson’s tendency to “save the day” in many of his feature film roles, and it also speaks to a problem that many of us face every single day: getting fresh milk takes priority over literally everything else in life.
Hit the jump to watch the spot, and check back here on Collider Sunday evening for a roundup of the big commercials and movie trailer spots from the Super Bowl broadcast.
Director Peter Berg (Hancock) is adding yet another impressive actor to the cast for Lone Survivor. Based on the non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell, the film tells the harrowing story of a Navy SEAL team’s fight to stay alive during a Taliban ambush in the midst of their 2005 mission to kill a terrorist leader in Afghanistan. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster are already set as members of the Navy SEAL team, and now Heat Vision reports that Eric Bana has entered negotiations to play a SEAL lieutenant.
Production on the film is set to begin next month in New Mexico, and Lone Survivor should make for a nice change of pace for Berg (and Kitsch) following Battleship. Bana will next be seen later this year in Deadfall alongside Olivia Wilde. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Luttrell’s book.
Director Peter Berg looks to finally have found that last piece of the puzzle for his Lone Survivor cast. Based on the non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor tells the harrowing story of a Navy SEAL team’s fight to stay alive during a Taliban ambush in the midst of their 2005 mission to kill a terrorist leader in Afghanistan. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Ben Foster are already set to star, and now Variety reports that Emile Hirsch is in early talks to take the final lead role in the pic.
Though I didn’t dislike Berg’s latest directorial effort (Battleship) near as much as many others, I’m hoping that Lone Survivor gives him the chance to really flaunt his skill for capturing drama in an incredibly realistic manner. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.
Director Peter Berg is plotting a reunion of sorts with Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger (who also happens to be Berg’s cousin). Variety reports that Berg is attached to direct an adaptation of Bissinger’s memoir Father’s Day. Unlike Bissinger’s other sports-centered books, Father’s Day chronicles the author’s relationship with his son who has a serious intellectual handicap. The book recounts a road trip Bissinger took with his 24-year-old son to visit all the places they’ve lived together during the boy’s life. The pic would be a tonal shift for the Hancock and Battleship director, but Berg’s dramatic experience with the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights TV series inspires confidence in his ability to handle more weighty material.
Universal is said to be looking to finance the project, but Berg is first expected to direct an adaptation of the Navy SEAL book Lone Survivor. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are attached to star, and production is expected to get underway later this year. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Father’s Day.
For the third week in a row, The Avengers dominated the box office. Marvel’s superheroes added another $55 million to their domestic total – putting the film over $450 million in a record-breaking seventeen days. Meanwhile, the three new releases that lined up to challenge The Avengers all struggled in the blockbuster’s wake.
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Opening this Friday is director Peter Berg’s adaptation of the board game Battleship. The action-adventure pic takes place on the seas and centers on a group of Naval officers who must fight to keep an alien force from destroying our world. Taylor Kitsch leads a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, and Liam Neeson.
Our partners at Omelete recently got the chance to speak with Berg about the film, and the director talked about how the project was actually his idea in the first place, how he drew from a lifetime of being a history buff to develop the film, what approach he took to the alien designs, his next film Lone Survivor (also starring Kitsch), and he revealed that his biggest challenge in making the pic was keeping Rihanna from being eaten by a shark. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
At WonderCon2012 earlier this year, Friday Night Lights writer and Battleship director Peter Berg spoke about why he wanted to craft a story around military heroes. As the son of a Marine and Naval historian, Berg knows full well that the real heroes are not the actors playing out a role in front of a camera, but the flesh-and-blood service men and women who make sacrifices for their country every day. In this PSA, Berg speaks on behalf of the USO, a private, non-profit organization that serves to lift the spirits of American troops and their families. You can find out more about the USO by going to their website, where you can find ways to show your gratitude for our nation’s troops. Hit the jump to see the PSA.
The first clip from Battleship has gone online. If you didn’t know a Battleship movie existed, and I told you this clip came from a Transformers spin-off, you would believe me. It’s sad how much director Peter Berg wants to make a Michael Bay movie. Berg has the talent to be more than just an imitator, but now this film has two strikes against it. People were already rolling their eyes at how the notion of adaptating a board game (a game which seems to have so little to do with the plot, you wonder why they even bothered with the license), and now folks can write the film off as a poor-man’s Transformers. No one can out-Bay Michael Bay. That’s what makes him Michael Bay.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu, Liam Neeson, and Spiky Alien Yo-Yos of Death. Battleship opens May 18th.