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Hey Guys! Do You Think ‘Battle Royale’ Should Be A Teen Show On CW!?! They’re Thinking About It!

Wow. If you guys were concerned about The Hunger Games (which I liked) watering down the themes of Kinji Fukasaku’s classic Battle Royale, then I’m guessing you’ll be about – I dunno – a billion times more concerned about this development. The CW is considering making a “Battle Royale” TV Series. I’m usually open minded about things, but I think I’m having a stroke right now.

This isn’t a joke, it’s a possibility that’s actually being explored. The Neil Moritz/Roy Lee-produced remake never quite got off the ground (due in part to the success of The Hunger Games), but that doesn’t mean a TV show is out of the question. Per The LA Times, “In the last few weeks, 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 hourlong dramatic series.

While it’s not a done deal, we now live in a world where it’s somewhat possible you’ll hear the words, “Next, after ‘Gossip Girl’, stay tuned for ‘Battle Royale’.”

What do you guys think? Is there any way they could pull this off and make it work? I just don’t see it – but I’m super curious to hear what the actual pitch is.



  • DeathSeeker180

    What are you doing?

  • Yes and no. Should it be a tv show…yes. On cw? No, it needs to be graphic and some teen drama. It should be on hbo

    • theodds22

      Hmmmm. I don’t know about HBO, maybe AMC or FX.

  • djblack1313

    i don’t see what the big deal is. i’m not saying this is the ideal network to do this on (although SUPERNATURAL is awesome!) but the original movie is always there to enjoy. i think we need to be used to (to a degree) our beloved movies/shows being remade/watered down/or just ruined. it sucks yes, but this is such a small thing considering what’s going on in the world.

    • theodds22

      NO. Please just no. If it will be made please not in CW. But please no TV adaptation.

    • Aaron Emery

      Completely agree. As much as I would resent this actually happening, it’s time to get over the whole remake argument. Battle Royale will always be there and will always be great (BR2 I could probably live without), hey there is always the slim chance that this is good.

  • PatrickxJonathan

    Without reading this article, my answer is a bold no, and here’s why. The similarities between The Hunger Games and Battle Royale are obviously there, now the similarities between Twilight fans and Hunger Games fan are also there. The reason they’re trying to do this show is strictly monetary. They will try to cash in on the Hunger Games hype with a TV show that is extremely similar. End.

    • They have been rumors of an american remake long before Hunger Games movie was a thought

      • theodds22

        I heard of that too. Glad they stuck with the Hunger Games, because they could have ruined the movie for me.

  • flesheater24

    CW fucking sucks they cater to teens like fucking MTV. If you put this on FX or AMC or HBO it’ll work. Just can’t work on CW. W/e if it happens I wont’ watch LOL simple as that. I tend to stay from teen shit, and reality shows and all. That’s actually most of what TV is these days.

    • theodds22

      Or Showtime, maybe. 🙂

      • flesheater24

        or that, just not CW, or MTV but that found footage show might be rad

  • Chococat

    I love Gossip Girl.

  • SelfishMan912

    i remember hearing rumors that tarentino was considering doing a remake, which i would be all for since he’s a fan of the films and would keep the integrity of them in tact. transforming a gory film/manga series to a network like cw is ridiculous, and we would end up with a watered down, tactless show simply looking to cash in on the whole hunger games vibe.

    • oh.. and as for Tarantino. If you’ve seen Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair the klingon proverb was changed to a tribute to the late director of the first film. Tarantino was a HUGE fan, he cast the girl who played Mitsuoko as Gogo in Kill Bill vol. 1 and was supposed to have I believe appeared as the US President in BR1, but film commitments got in the way (as I have heard the story). If Tarantino wanted to work on the material, I would not have a problem with it, as I feel while it may be different he would still do it with respect to the original material.

  • Sadly, and I admit I have zero proof of this. But look to see whose finger prints are on this when it comes up. This just stinks of a cash grab. Yes, there were talks of it being a movie before “Hunger Games”. And regardless of what the author says, I can’t believe that she didn’t have SOME knowledge of the series before hand.

    But that’s beside my point. Firstly this is network tv. So it will be toned down, even if they go for the Supernatural darker tone (which I seriously doubt). The only way this could be interesting would be to have an interweaving anthology show following multiple perspectives. This is one aspect in which the movie and book diverged. Even though they did follow, for the main part the same main characters we really didn’t see as much some of the other characters.

    But.. I don’t see that being the case here. I would be glad to be proven wrong. BUT with all of the comparisons of BR to HG I can only see some tv exec thinking… “well we can’t do a rip off of Hunger Games we’ll get sued. But, if they buy the rights to Battle Royale and tailor it, water it down they could get by more or less making their show look like a Hunger Games-like show, and at the same time can claim, “well no, this existed first.”

    It’s a win win for them. Sadly BR while it does have alot of name recognition, and I think they may even help originally will more or less tune out quickly. But they can cut a very Hunger Games like trailer appealing to the same audience. That’s what I figure is going to happen here. as much as I LOVE the man.. did you see Bruce Campbell in “Tornado!”?

    It was really really.. reaaaaally bad, wasn’t it?

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