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No More “Battle Royale” US Adaptation

Battle Royale US Adaptation Coming Soon?
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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7 Responses
  1. YESSSSSSSSSS WOOOOOOOOOOOO no more american adaption. Not like the Americans would have gotten it right anyway. can they do anything right

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Up yours Decade89.
    For all we know, the american version could've been better than the japanese one.
    The fact that I don't have to read subtitles or bad dubbing would've been a huge plus.

  3. Dikeidoo Says:

    The English dub was bad enough.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Funny i already thought they did it it was called the hunger games...

  5. Anonymous Says:

    @ 2nd Anonymous - did you read the whole thing, the guy said that the adaptation was put on hold because audiences would assume it was copying Hunger Games without knowing that Battle Royale was made first ...

  6. I agree with Dikeidoo. It was worse than a bad Chinese classic English dubbed Kung Fu movie. I wouldn't mind seeing an English TV series based on Battle Royale but the school shootings are what make that possibility more impossible.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Hunger games was created for tween girls to get excited about "hot" people killing the shit out of each other.
    The american version of this would've been a carbon copy. Which is still pretty awesome. - Buy Video Games for Consoles and PC - From Japan, Korea and other Regions
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