Written by sibling writing team Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, the story unfolds as "a massive Naval adventure across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force." The superior force are aliens from another planet known as The Regents. They come from a world similar to ours, and aren't actually looking to take over humanity or the planet Earth. Instead, they're on a mission to build a power source in the ocean, which is where they come in contact with a navy fleet. The film will also show us both sides of the story-from the aliens' perspective, as well as the humans. The alien ships do fly to Earth, as well as through the atmosphere, but they lose that capability once they land. They're also not busting out any lasers or fantastical alien weaponry-their weapons will be ballistics-based just like ours.
Wolverine's Taylor Kitsch plays Alex Hopper, the Commanding Officer of a destroyer who is in charge of a team of five trusted shipmates which include the XO, a female Japanese commander, and a Scotty-like chief engineer. Hopper is described as "wildly spirited" and "a great seaman but a lousy politician."
True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård plays Hopper's brother, and will be "a straight and narrow naval officer whom Kitsch, a wildly spirited naval officer, idolizes." Tom Arnold and Pop/R&B recording artist Rihanna have also boarded the project.
Universal Pictures has set the release date for May 25, 2012.