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Here's an update on that rumored Battle Royale series from the CW prez

08.01.2012by: Eric Walkuski

I think it's safe to assume that most of us were pretty stunned last week when the news broke that the CW - a network responsible for bringing us "90210" and "The Vampire Diaries" - was apparently in the process of developing a television show based on BATTLE ROYALE. Obviously, such a decision would be inspired by the success of THE HUNGER GAMES, but there's a severe difference in the two works, notably the level of insane brutality that BATTLE ROYALE carries with it. Just doesn't seem possible to put such intense material on a network, especially one like the CW, without watering it down and wasting everything that makes it special.

Today, we have an update on this front, courtesy of Collider. The site spoke with CW president Mark Pedowitz and inquired what the status of the series is. Here's what the man had to say:

"Its amazing what happens when you have just a phone call and a discussion. Wed love to do it. Hopefully, well be able to make a deal with the producers, and well see where it goes. But, at this point in time, its just a discussion for development."

When asked if the network was really considering airing a show about high schoolers viciously murdering each other, Pedowitz responded:

"At this point in time, its only in development, and were not even actually in development. All that existed was a phone call. And were not planning to do anything that we cannot get on the air. So, the answer to that question is, no, were not going to go in that direction. Were going to wait to see what happens and how things develop."

Not really sure if that's good news or bad news. Let's just stop talking about this and pretend it never happened...


BATTLE ROYALE star Chaiki Kuriyama

Extra Tidbit: If this show did go to air, would you watch it, if only out of curiosity?
Source: Collider

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