Universal’s first experience adapting a board game to the big screen was not great. Battleship was savaged by critics and ignored by audiences, and any hope of a franchise went, ahem, down with the ship. But hey, if at first you don’t succeed… Another board game based movie is on the way, but instead of going all action-packed, this one is reaching for the horror side of cinema. Of course, with a game like Ouija, which has a long, complicated history of occult connections, what other genre could you approach that game with other than horror? Comedy? The trailer just released certainly begs to differ. (more…)
I can only imagine that would have to be the plot of the movie, right? Someone guesses the positioning of a ship, it’s sunk, then someone cries out in agony, “You sunk my battleship!” Give the trailer a watch, then we’ll decide.
Honestly, I think my movie sounds better. In what looks like a film created at the altar of Bay, Battleship is about a hotshot naval officer serving under Liam Neeson, who also happens to be said hotshot’s girlfriend’s daddy. Uh-oh, tension! When out on a routine exercise they spy a half-submerged craft in the ocean, which turns out to be what, a Transformer? I’m kind of confused. We then have an ariel shot I’m guessing is supposed to give us the connection to the classic Milton Bradley no Hasbro board game, as well as the alien? ship firing some kind of peg missile. And why is Eric Northman there? Surely vampires can’t serve in the U.S. Navy.
I feel like this movie’s a stretch, but I’m interested to see what screen writers Jon and Erich Hoeber managed to make of it. Battleship is directed by Peter Berg and stars Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna (yes, for realz, the singer), Josh Pence, Jesse Plemons and Peter MacNicol. It’s set to open May 18th.
Do you remember the old board game Candyland … you know, the one with gum drop mountains and chocolate swamps?
It seems like Hollywood does, as they are turning it into a movie!
But not just any movie, apparently this movie is going to be more similar to Lord of the Rings than Sesame Street.
The writers of Kung Fu Panda 2, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, are writing the screenplay based on the popular kid’s game. Berger spoke to Entertainment Weekly and said:
We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy. We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on. We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.
Does anyone else think that this has reached a whole new level of stupidity? I mean, turning this into an animated kid’s movie is one thing, but a live-action Lord of the Rings-esque event?
If they can pull it off, and make characters with such names as Princess Frostine and Lord Licorice credible, I think they will deserve some kind of award. Don’t you think?
Nerdy Bits, The Stuff You Didn’t See: Frank Miller Raptured!, Game of Throne-opoly, Play COD: Black Ops w/Samuel Jackson, Study for your Z-SAT, and MORE
Every week the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Every Monday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Our first Nerdy Bit is sad news for us all. Looks like the rapture wasn’t a a complete pile of crap. Besides Randy Savage another was taken from us, legendary comic book writer/artist, Frank Miller (pictured above). His partney Kimberly Cox tweeted,
I went to check on Frank and he was happily inking at his drawing table around 5:45… I came back after 6 PM and I don’t understand? Why?
Also in this weeks edition: Just who directed the post-credits bit of Thor?, mod your life with a Millennium Falcon Xbox and Tron lightcycle PC, Ian Mckellan caught playing with himself, Game of Thrones Throne-opoly, The Walking Dead the board game, Pikathulu, play Call of Duty: Black Ops with Samuel L. Jackson, Nerd Lattes, take the Z-SAT – survive the zombocalypse, Universal Studios revamping their Spidey ride, WALL-E is real!, amazing and creepy life-like animation, Boba Fett Tiffany lamp, new Transformers Bumblebee poster, 7 Bizarre Early Versions of Famous Cartoon Characters, Vader with boobs, SNES urinal, super hero bridesmaids, Mortal Kombat theme on an accordion, Periodic Table of Storytelling, It’s A (mouse) Trap!
Yes folks, this is real as you’ll be able to play some Angry Birds in the form of little plastic pieces. That’s right, you’ll be launching actual figures of angry looking birds at the green pigs. Some time in May of this year, we’ll be seeing the release of Angry Birds: Knock on Wood.
The $14.99 game will come with 3 bird figures, 4 pigs, a slingshot launcher, 14 blocks, and 56 mission cards. It is a two player game where one player will draw a mission card and have the other player build whatever is shown on that card. The person who drew the mission card then must take the structure down for points. The first player to reach 1000 points wins.
While I have enjoyed some Angry Birds (and suck at it), this board game version seems legit and probably will sell. What do y’all think? You think they are milking the hell out of the franchise and this is crossing the line or does this seem like a good transition from video games to board games? Either way, it seems that Angry Birds will be doing what it can to get more people addictive to it in 2011.
Larger images after the jump.
If you were presented with 100 cupcakes bearing nerdy icons, would you stand there and try to identify them all? I certainly would.
Flickr user Z Andrei shares photos from a party in which the hosts decorated 100 cupcakes with board, electronic and video game images. Obviously, the hosts put a huge effort into this, as the cupcakes boast well-done art from Simon, Donkey Kong, Candy Land, Mortal Kombat and more. Their guests must have had a blast identifying the games.
A larger image of the cupcakes is below. How many can you identify without help?