The CW Eyeing TV Series Adaptation of BATTLE ROYALE

     July 26, 2012

Though The CW’s Hunger Games-esque pilot The Selection didn’t move forward this year (they put the show back into development), the network is now eyeing a different series that centers on kids murdering kids.  Specifically, The CW is apparently mulling over adapting the 2000 Japanese hit Battle Royale for the small screen.  When Suzanne CollinsHunger Games book trilogy hit shelves, it drew quite a few comparisons to Battle Royale given that both properties revolve around teenagers living in an authoritarian state, fighting for survival in a government-sanctioned “murder everyone” competition.

The similarities really stop there, as The Hunger Games and Battle Royale have strikingly different tones and characters.  That said, Hunger Games is—to borrow a phrase from Mugatu—“so hot right now,” so a similarly plotted television series looks pretty attractive from a financial standpoint.  Hit the jump for more.

battle-royaleA U.S. feature film remake of Battle Royale, itself an adaptation of a Koushun Takami novel of the same name, has been stalled in development for years.  Per the LA Times, The CW has been in talks with the project’s representatives about turning it into an English-language television series.  No deal is in place, and according to Japanese law, Takami apparently must approve any remake of the property before it moves forward.

That said, a television iteration of the story would likely flourish on The CW.  Whether you watch their programming or not, the network has done an excellent job of branding what they stand for.  While they have shows that vary wildly in genre, each series distinctly has that “CW” feel to it.  Moreover, the network is home to the genre juggernaut The Vampire Diaries and hopes to strike superhero gold this fall with Arrow, so a totalitarian series about fight-to-the-death competitions could fit right in.

It remains to be seen if The CW version of Battle Royale will ever come to fruition, and it’s definitely early days, but I’d actually be interested to see how the cable channel would handle some of the touchier subject matter and violence.  A better version would likely be found on HBO, but the network television landscape has changed wildly over the past decade with cable shows like Nip/Tuck and The Walking Dead pushing the boundaries of what you can and can’t show on all-access TV.  Hopefully we hear more soon, but sound off in the comments with your thoughts on this American iteration of Battle Royale.


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  • Armando

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck Yoooooooooooooooou CW

  • Justin

    I don’t see a brutally violent show based on Battle Royale working on the CW. Maybe a cable channel, where they could get away with the harsh violence, but otherwise it would be so toned down that I’m not sure it could feel faithful at all. Not only that, but the universe from the first movie never really struck me as something rich enough that you can base much on. After one season what could you really do with it? A second season ala American Horror story with a new class and new students? How boring would that get? Especially with the violence toned down for TV.

    Yeah, I think I’d rather pass.

    • THGhost

      Sounds like the movie of The Hunger Games; toned down and not much else to do for its sequels.

  • yurine

    If this goes through, they are going to have to change soooo much that it won’t be worth making.

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Even after ‘Aurora’? Probably will get a lot of criticism.

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  • Armando

    This will be a failure the size of a tangerine

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  • Get Em

    Honestly it’d be a good show if they went with Starz or Showtime and do what Spartucus did and do like a 3 or 4 season series …at worst put it on fx or amc …but the cw will murder this plot and really the entire show ….shit NBC would b a better fit …the cw is Fucking pbs for main stream lmao

  • THGhost

    All The CW has ever done for us is… well, nothing. I’ve watched absolutely none of their shows apart from Ringer which was shit.

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  • Anonymus

    Will they use white people for this? That would be horrible. Like, imagine if they decided to use all asian people for the hunger games. You cant change the characters like that, but i guess they will try to appeal to all dumb americans

  • Ivy

    This a joke right? The Selection will make a spectacular tv show. It’s all I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced. I will never watch Battle Royale, it’s a stupid bleeping idea. I don’t watch CW and The Selection would’ve made me want to watch it. I guess I’ll never watch this channel now. Put The Selection on tv all of my friends and I were waiting so badly for it.