U’S “BATTLESHIP” TO FILM IN HAWAII THIS SUMMER BUT AUSTRALIA FIRST

U’S “BATTLESHIP” TO FILM IN HAWAII THIS SUMMER BUT AUSTRALIA FIRST




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BATTLESHIP DIRECTOR PETER BERG TELLS REPORTERS “MOST” OF THE FILMING WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA




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The Hawaii filming of Universal Studio’s $150-million mega pic Battleship has been pushed until mid summer while the production likely will start the shoot in Australia, several sources have confirmed. That’s a reversal of the original plans since producers were going to film in Hawaii first beginning as soon as April…Not to worry, a source says, this “alternative” was always in the plan as a possibility…



How long Battleship will film in Hawaii depends in part on a January scout to decide exactly what can be shot here and then how long that will take, sources told Reel Hawaii…



Universal officials did not  comment on why Australia might he used more than Hawaii, but local production sources with knowledge of the Battleship plans said some factors are the lack of available space here for sound stages and offices and no water tank large enough to accommodate the production’s filming needs that may include sinking ships….The Hawaii Film Studio’s 96,000-gallon water tank  – built for the Baywatch Hawaii television series – is too small for Battleship‘s needs and not functioning. “They need something large enough to sink battleships,” a source quipped. “But we knew that Australia would be the location for the tank shoot before we ever scouted here” ..Sources in Los Angeles and Hawaii emphasized that the decision to film in Australia – specifically in the Queensland province – has nothing to do with the tax incentives offered Down Under…



The especially good news is that Battleship‘s marine coordinator reportedly “loves Hawaii” and wants to shoot as much as possible on Oahu, most likely the westside, sources said. The Oahu filming will be 4 to 6 weeks…A Universal Studios spokesperson emphaiszed that  “it’s early in the development process for Battleship, and the proportion of the locations where we will shoot the film is still in play”…



Battleship production execs have been talking to some Hawaii crew and equipment companies while looking for soundstage and production office space, including in Halawa Valley,  the former Comp USA building, and a 30,000 square-foot space near Honolulu International Airport…”Their needs are very, very large,” a source said…



Berg told reporters in San Diego earlier this week that they’re just beginning to cast Battleship and that not a lot of big names will be attached to the production. The filmmaker explained that he’s a big fan of how J.J. Abrams cast Star Trek: “young, up and comers who weren’t exactly household names before the blockbuster was released”…



Berg also said  that Battleship will feature aliens as the antagonists with the  movie involving a eartlhing naval fleet engaged in combat with aliens. The interviews were conducted aboard the USS Sterett…



According to published interviews, Berg said the aliens are “a group of life forms from some other planet have come to our planet for something. They’ve got a very specific agenda. That agenda is not global domination. It’s an agenda and that agenda puts them into conflict with members of our military. Their technology is relatable. It’s not incredibly far out and unbeatable. It’s comprehensible”…


Here’s more


Here’s some more information from Berg, according to the Cinematical website:


– Battleship follows a small fleet of American and international ships (5 ) that for some reason get separated from the rest of the Navy and must take on an opposing fleet of alien ships that have arrived on earth in order to build some sort of “bridge” that will help their alien race in some way…


– The aliens are called The Regents who are not here to destroy earth or humankind. They want to use earth to help save their own species. But they will defend themselves if provoked…



– The aliens are a mix of human actors and CGI. Berg compared them to Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.


Battleship has a release date of July 29, 2011…





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