The CW Looking to Bring Battle Royale to the Small Screen as a Weekly Series

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Sometimes news comes our way that immediately starts making our heads hurt. This is one of those times. An American remake of the classic Japanese film Battle Royale is something that’s been talked about a lot. Now with the success of The Hunger Games

The LA Times reports that The CW has had talks with the project’s Hollywood representatives about the possibility of turning the property into an English-language show, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. The talks were preliminary, but if a deal could be reached, the network would acquire rights to Koushun Takami’s underlying novel, then unpack and expand on it for an hour-long dramatic series.

In the original film the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared, and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of their nation’s youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) and screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Boiling Point, Brother) star in the movie that has been argued, acclaimed, and banned around the world. More than a decade later, it remains one of the most savage, shocking, and emotionally powerful films of all time.

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The CW Looking to Bring Battle Royale to the Small Screen as a Weekly Series

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  • Rottenjesus

    Something tells me that this won’t get very far in development before it’s shelved.

  • X-Count


  • theGoldenSimatar

    >.< Honestly, a Hunger Games TV show makes more sense as outside of the fans of BR, the vast majority of an American audience has no idea what it is. In that context; the marquee value of BR is worthless.

  • Terminal

    I just… I give up.