Officials of the Renny Harlin Correctional Institute announced today that director Peter Berg has been released from Director Jail, following this past weekend’s wide opening of his “Lone Survivor,” which was number one at the boxoffice, pulling in over $37 million. According to prison officials, the release of Berg, who was incarcerated in May of 2012, following the opening of his boxoffice flop, “Battleship,” was also done to make room for Carl Rinsch, the director of “47 Ronin,” one of the biggest flops of 2013.
“Peter Berg proves once and for all that rehabilitation can work and the programs in place at the Renny Harlin Correctional Institute are invaluable for getting the inmates of Director Jail back on their feet,” said warden Tom Wilkinson. “If only we could have the same kind of success with some of the other inmates like Rob Reiner and Oliver Stone, who seem like they’re never going to get out of here.”
According to Wilkinson, Berg was a model inmate, spending most of his free time in the prison library, reading film books, including biographies of Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg.
Berg’s incarceration in 2012 made headlines when reports emerged of abuses against the new inmate. Among the abuses Berg had to endure included being traded to fellow inmate Joel Schumacher, then forced to repeatedly watch Schumacher’s “The Phantom of the Opera” (Hollywood & Swine, May 29, 2012). Schumacher is considered one of Director Jail’s most legendary residents since his daring escape after he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for directing 1997’s “Batman & Robin.”