'Battleship' To be Sci-Fi, Casting

battleshipDeadline.com announced that model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker  has been cast by director Peter Berg (HANCOCK) to join the cast of BATTLESHIP.
Yes, Battleship — Hasbro’s long-popular boardgame, is being set up as a big-budget (rumored in the $200 million range) science fiction film by Universal Studios. Don’t remember a SF aspect to the venerable two-player game of hidden, but stationary battle fleets? Neither do I.
It seems that  screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber re-envisioned the mundane premise of two terrestial forces in a wargame into a scenario in which a Earthly naval fleet must combat an armada of ships of extraterrestrial origins.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien are said to be currently at work on re-writes.
BATTLESHIP will star Talyor Kitsch (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) as a naval officer, Decker as his love interest,  Alexander Skarsgard (TRUE BLOOD ) and singer Rihanna. 
 Production is expected to begin in September in  Hawaii, with an intended release date of  May 18th, 2012.
Note: Battleship was orginally a Milton Bradley game. The company was absorbed by Hasbro in 1984.

Tim Burton To Do 'Monsterpocalypse'

monsterpocalypse_logoAccording to SlashFilm, frequent genre filmmaker Tim Burton (PLANET OF THE APES) is developing the board game MONSTERPOCALYPSE as a movie, with the intention to direct.
The site spoke to producer Roy Lee (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON), who confirmed Burton’s involvement, and that John August (Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE) is writing the screenplay.
Game creator Matt Wilson is consulting, and will be a co-producer.
The plot will deal with an invasion of ailen giant monsters, and the ultimate response to that menace will be giant robots. (Naturally…)
A 2012 release is tentatively planned.