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10:38 - 27th July 2012, by David West

Battle Royale Headed For TV Remake?

The Los Angeles Times has reported this week that the CW, a US television network, has started negotiations to acquire the rights to cult classic Battle Royale.

CW is the home to Gossip Girl, which would fit perfectly in the schedules next to a show about teenagers forced to kill each other to avoid their heads exploding.

Ahem.

Released in 2000, Battle Royale was directed by Kinji Fukasaku and adapted from the novel by Koushun Takami.

The story is set in the near future where the government chooses one class of high school students every year to play the titular Battle Royale, a game where they must fight to the death until one student remains.

In addition to the novel there is a manga adaptation spanning 15 volumes, published in English by the late, lamented Tokyopop.

The US company New Line had been pursuing an American remake of the film, but that never materialized and in the wake of the huge success of The Hunger Games, which shares common ground with Battle Royale, a feature film seems unlikely.

An unnamed source at CW said preliminary talks had begin with a view to turning the concept into a TV series of hour-long episodes.

It is early days yet and, as we've seen with the long proposed US remake of Akira, many of these ideas never get beyond the development stage. But do you want to see an American Battle Royale series? Will it be sanitized for US audiences? Comments below please!

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