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.
Last week we got a look at the trailer and poster for Chernobyl Diaries, the Oren Peli and Brian Witten-produced horror survival film directed by Brad Parker. Today the LA Times has a brief interview with Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment, who owns the North American rights.
It’s an interesting read because it at least attempts to tackle the inherent issues of fashioning a piece of entertainment out of a real-world tragedy. Kosove asserts that offending survivors of the disaster (families of the victims) is not on his agenda. “It’s a popcorn film. I don’t think the movie takes itself so seriously as to tread on those real disasters.” I don’t really have an opinion about this. The film’s tagline is “experience the fallout” which I suppose could be read as kind of tacky, but then again I don’t think there’s much that should be off limits. Humor heals, I suppose.
As for why he thinks its a good setting for a film? “It’s not like going to Club Med in Barbados. It’s frozen in time, and it’s visually arresting.” The article also touches upon the extreme tourism industry that has cropped up around the site. Apparently you can purchase a day pass to check out the city of Prypiat. As someone who avoids the backscatter mating at the airport, I don’t think I’ll be signing up for that one.
In theaters May 28 from FilmNation, “A group of friends become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Years before in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, nature has begun to reclaim everything. As the sun sets on this radioactive ghost town, inhuman cries cut through the night air. It seems they are not alone.” It stars Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitry Diatchenko.
Head inside for the film’s trailer. You can check out the article here. READ MORE