Universal has set Peter Berg to direct Battleship, a live-action adaptation of Hasbro's naval combat board game and is planning a July 1, 2011 release date.
According to Variety, the deal is part of a two-picture pic pact Berg has made with Universal, where he'll follow Battleship with an Afghan war drama Lone Survivor.
Battleship is the latest in Universal's strong push toward branded entertainment films, and Hasbro has fast become an increasingly important cog in that campaign.
Aside from Battleship and Stretch Armstrong, U is separately developing Clue with Gore Verbinski, Monopoly with Ridley Scott, Candyland with director Kevin Lima, and Ouija with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. As a board game, Battleship was launched by Milton Bradley in 1967 and has sold more than 100 million units.
The script was written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (Whiteout).
Production on Battleship will begin next spring.