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Updated: Who Sunk What 'Battleship'? Board Game Blockbuster Due For Reshoots, Multiple Endings

by Gabe Toro
January 14, 2011 2:50 AM
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Update: Reps for Universal clarify that upcoming shooting in Hawaii, Baton Rouge and San Diego has always been part of the production schedule. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Decker has taken to Twitter to confirm spring filming was always the plan and there are no alternate endings being shot, revealing that she is "still learning to speak Hollywood."

Welcome to the new era in filmmaking. Story, scripts, not even test audiences matter anymore. It seems like all studios do is scatter a bunch of random footage together to somehow fit together into a film, with the expectations that some reshoots will happen later to give the filmmaker (or rather, one finicky business major-turned-exec) "options." Such is the case with 2012's big alien invasion tentpole "Battleship." No, we can't believe we're typing that either.

Speaking to Moviehole, model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker confirmed that there could be quite a few different interpretations for the action in "Battleship." “We will do reshoots," she confirms. "We have shot a bunch of alternate endings. There’s a lot of CGI to be done – a lot of stuff in post.” When further asked about the reshoots, Decker said, “Yes, depending on the storyline and where they want to take it we might be doing some reshoots." It's good that they'll be figuring out the storyline after they've already shot quite a bit of footage. Usually that part emerges from something called a screenplay, something that is usually written months prior. Robert McKee thinks highly of these.

The problem with these CG-intensive movies is that you really need to have the film in place and leave precious room for improvisation, since the computer technicians in charge of the special effects need to know what they'll be animating far in advance. So a film with multiple endings (only one of which we presume will be used - this isn't "Return of the King") likely requires a whole lot of CGI muscle. No wonder the budget is approaching $200 million. But don't worry - Decker claims that this alien movie based on a board game "feels gritty and real." Because when we think "gritty" and "real" we think of "Battleship."

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5 Comments

  • Mama Maven | January 15, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    Production budget is $220 million. We shot some really great stuff in both Hawaii and the sets in Baton Rouge were amazing. The real question will be whether or not they can edit Taylor and Rihanna into something bordering on believable.

  • Wow | January 14, 2011 8:23 AMReply

    Heard the budget is now at $270 million. Seriously...

  • starway2001 | January 14, 2011 7:33 AMReply

    The shame here is that there were real WWII battleships battles that are legendary. Any number of them could've made an amazing and compelling film. Imagine a modern film with modern technology transporting you to WWII and putting you on the deck of one of those amazing ships during a fierce fight.

    But no. We're getting another f'ing alien invasion movie!

  • The Truth Ruth | January 14, 2011 3:18 AMReply

    Configuring the movie's plot months after principal shooting has already taken place usually means, shipwreck. Pun intended.

  • rotch | January 14, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    Hey, multiple endings are a signature of the board-game movie adaptation. Remember Clue?

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