After the abysmal Battleship, director Peter Berg is looking to return to his family roots. Variety reports that Berg will direct Father’s Day, a movie written by Berg’s cousin and famous sports writer Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger also wrote the book that Berg’s 2004 movie Friday Night Lights was based on, which subsequently led to a TV series. Hit the jump to find out more about Father’s Day.
Unlike Bissinger’s previous sports books, this one takes a totally different turn:
The author’s latest book, published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, centers around his relationship with his twins, one of whom has serious intellectual handicaps. Book chronicles a summer road trip taken by father and son and the personal journey that helps Bissinger better understand his child.
Sounds like much more serious subject matter for Berg, so we’ll see if he can pull some solid emotional performances out of his actors to tell this story. (I’m not holding my breath.)
There’s another project that’s way more up his alley, though; Lone Survivor follows an elite unit of soldiers who are ambushed, leaving only – you guessed it – one person alive. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Ben Foster are attached to that one, and this has been in the works for a while. Rumor has it that Berg was negotiating with Universal to direct it, and they told him they’d finance the project if he did Battleship first. We all know how that turned out, and then (from what I can tell) Universal bailed on financing Lone Survivor and left it in the hands of Emmett/Furla Films to pick up the check. Classy move.
Which, if any, of these projects are you more interested in seeing Berg direct? Think he should diverge from his normal path, or stick to what he does best?