Last July, there have been talks that The CW television network acquiring the rights for a US adaptation of Koushun Takami's popular survival novel, Battle Royale. But it seems it's not gonna happen anytime soon.
Marc Pedowitz, the president of the United States television network, The CW, confirms that they won't be adapting the Japanese survival novel anymore. “We were not able to do anything. […] We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale … nothing occurred … there's nothing to talk about … nothing happened.” He noted that his earlier interest came before the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.
The production of a US adaptation was halted after the Virginia Tech shootings, and again after the release of Hunger Games novel in 2008. Producer Roy Lee commented, “Audiences would see it as just a copy of Hunger Games — most of them wouldn't know that Battle Royale came first. It's unfair, but that's reality.”
Battle Royale tells the story of school-children who are forced to fight each other to death. Under the guise of a "study trip", a group of students are gassed on a bus and brought on an isolated island, where the students are required to fight the other members of their class to the death, with only the surviving student being declared the winner.
via Anime News Network
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