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Peter Berg Hints ‘Hancock’ Sequel Fraught with Politics

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on December 3, 2009

By Robert Falconer – CinemaSpy.com

Director Peter Berg was pretty vocal back in September about being ready to get started on a sequel to Hancock. But, as so often happens in Hollywood, projects get shuffled about and given different priority. And Berg’s priority now seems to have shifted from the Hancock sequel — along with the Dune remake — over to Hasbro’s Battleship.

Director Peter Berg

Berg told HitFix that while the Hancock sequel is on his to-do list, it actually won’t even be his next project after Battleship. He will instead take on the “Lone Survivor” drama that tells the story of 17 seals that were killed in one gunfight in Afghanistan. “One survived,” Berg told HitFix. “It’s a great story.”

As to the Hancock sequel, Berg revealed a small measure of the politics that seems to have surrounded the project. “There are so many cooks in that particular kitchen that are so busy and Will [Smith is] kind of taken time off to be with his kids and his kids are now making all kinds of films and there are so many people involved in that from Will to his partner James Lassiter to Akiva [Goldsmith] to Michael Mann and myself,” he said.

“To get us all in the same room where we can talk and then agree on anything? You’ll never meet a group of people who will have a harder time agreeing on anything,” he added. “It’s like the Israeli peace process times a thousand in how tough it is for us all. But I think it will happen, we just all have to get in the same room with some consistency.”

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