Universal is moving the release of its epic Hasbro action-adventure Battleship to May 25, anchoring 2012’s Memorial Day weekend. Originally slated for release in July 2011, the film was moved “to give it the time and resources to thoroughly realize its huge-scale ambitions and position it,” the studio announced tonight. “Universal has put all the elements in place to successfully launch our classic Hasbro brands on the big screen,” said Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro, praising the, Inc. “Giving Pete Berg and the filmmakers the extra time and resources to make Battleship an even bigger summer blockbuster, is sure to pay dividends when the film is released in 2012.”
Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) came aboard in Fall 2009 to produce and direct Battleship, which the studio says will unfold as a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies, and over land as Planet Earth fights for survival against a superior force. “We believe in Pete Berg and the incredible vision that he and the Battleship team have for this film,” said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We’re honored that Hasbro is partnering with us to turn one of its landmark properties into a huge summer box-office hit.” Scott Stuber (The Wolfman, Couples Retreat) is producing through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures, and Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom, The Losers) is producing with Berg for Film 44. Brian Goldner and Bennet Schneir are producing for Hasbro.