Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action war film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was also the only Hasbro property to be produced in association with Dentsu Inc., which left NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan before being spun off as a separate company in February 17, 2014. The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård,Rihanna, John Tui, Brooklyn Decker and Tadanobu Asano. The film was originally planned to be released in 2011, but was rescheduled to April 11, 2012, in the United Kingdom and May 18, 2012, in the United States. The film's world premiere was in Tokyo, Japan, on April 3, 2012.n 2005, scientists discover an extrasolar planet, which they name Planet G, believed to have conditions nearly identical to Earth. In 2006, NASA build a transmission device in Hawaii that is five times more powerful than any before it, and a program to contact the planet began, known as "The Beacon Project". Meanwhile, slacker Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) gets arrested while attempting to impress Sam Shane (Brooklyn Decker), daughter of U.S.