The CW has been trying to get in on the teen survival genre ever since The Hunger Games exploded, and one option being floated was a U.S. remake of the bloody Japanese film Battle Royale. Now the network has officially made a decision.
With The Hunger Games lighting up the box office and bookstores everywhere, The CW hopes to get in on the teen survival competition genre sooner rather than later. They're developing two concepts, but neither has made it to the pick-up stage. So what's the latest on the controversial Battle Royale and the delayed pilot The Selection?
The Hunger Games is only beginning its reign as a pop culture phenomenon, and already fans and detractors alike are drawing parallels between the franchise and the 2000 Japanese flick Battle Royale, another film about teens forced to kill each other by an oppressive government. Hunger Games director Gary Ross has heard the comparisons, but he hasn't seen the other flick, and he's got a very good reason why not.
We've been waiting for five years to hear something good about the American remake of the bloody Japanese sci-fi classic Battle Royale, but the hits to the project just keep coming. As if development hell weren't enough, it now looks like another fight to the death dystopia picture—The Hunger Games, set to hit theaters next year—has dealt a serious blow to interest in the project.