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The CW wants to bring Battle Royale to the small screen

Jul. 26, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Here comes the hate.

When THE HUNGER GAMES was released, there were several comparisons to another novel from Japanese author, Koushun Takami called BATTLE ROYALE. If that was a controversy that got your attention, you may not be too happy if The CW decides to pick it up for their line-up.

That's right. The CW, formerly known as The WB is looking to bring BATTLE ROYALE to the small screen. A popular film adaptation came out in 2000. It's taken a bit, but the material has gained a cult following with the hype behind the recent HUNGER GAMES comparison only fueling the interest. The story centers on a group of junior high students who are brought together for a military project and forced to fight each other to the death. It's a tad more f*cked up than that actually. The film directed by Kinji Fukasaku was really brutal. Katniss doesn't have shit on this.

Of course, the television show would be an American version of the novel. The good thing though, is that at this point there is only discussion of this happening. Before this, the network had a post-apocalyptic show called THE SELECTION in development. This was another case of young people battling to the death in a dystopian future. The network will not run two similar shows so I guess we will have to see which idea they go with.

Do you want to see an Americanized version of BATTLE ROYALE on The CW?

Source: LA Times

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9:05AM on 07/27/2012
Or compared to another novel called, "The Running Man."
Or compared to another novel called, "The Running Man."
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7:32AM on 07/27/2012
Yeah right.
Yeah right.
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11:57PM on 07/26/2012
The CW gets too much hate. I'm currently watching The Vampire Diaries right now, and it's actually quite good, but that's probably due to Kevin Williamson being involved in it. Let's also not forget that they had Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of the best shows ever created. I'd also like to say Gossip Girl, but people on Joblo aren't really the target audience for that show. It's OK that not every show can be as well made as something like Breaking Bad. Maybe it's good to see a trashy,
The CW gets too much hate. I'm currently watching The Vampire Diaries right now, and it's actually quite good, but that's probably due to Kevin Williamson being involved in it. Let's also not forget that they had Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of the best shows ever created. I'd also like to say Gossip Girl, but people on Joblo aren't really the target audience for that show. It's OK that not every show can be as well made as something like Breaking Bad. Maybe it's good to see a trashy, addicting drama every now and again where scandal appears at every corner. But anyway, I don't think it would fail completely if they decide to do a BR tv show, but it would be kinda pointless. I don't see how it could stretch out for a season.
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11:23PM on 07/26/2012
I think the CW gets a seriously unfair rep sometimes since they do have like 2 or 3 awesome shows mixed in with all the teeny crap (which is far more than I can say about most other network channels with their endless cop/lawyer/doctor procedurals and reality singing/dancing shows). With that said though, yeah, this is a horrible idea. I don't even care if this was HBO or Showtime. I just can't see how it would work.
I think the CW gets a seriously unfair rep sometimes since they do have like 2 or 3 awesome shows mixed in with all the teeny crap (which is far more than I can say about most other network channels with their endless cop/lawyer/doctor procedurals and reality singing/dancing shows). With that said though, yeah, this is a horrible idea. I don't even care if this was HBO or Showtime. I just can't see how it would work.
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10:47PM on 07/26/2012
Of all the pieces of news of movies receiving TV adaptations, this is the one I'm most opposed to from the outset.
Of all the pieces of news of movies receiving TV adaptations, this is the one I'm most opposed to from the outset.
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10:47PM on 07/26/2012

PLEASE GOD NO...

And on CW the worst fuckin station since MTV they are going to butcher this. Now if it was on FX or HBO I would be okay because they could show the violence. How will this work as a TV SHOW fuckin morons.
And on CW the worst fuckin station since MTV they are going to butcher this. Now if it was on FX or HBO I would be okay because they could show the violence. How will this work as a TV SHOW fuckin morons.
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10:42PM on 07/26/2012
If it were HBO or AMC then hell yes. The CW? Fuck that shit.
If it were HBO or AMC then hell yes. The CW? Fuck that shit.
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10:31PM on 07/26/2012
I hate to be cynical about something will very little detail annonced, but the CW is a bad fit for such brutal material. I think the result would probably be Hunger Games Lite.
I hate to be cynical about something will very little detail annonced, but the CW is a bad fit for such brutal material. I think the result would probably be Hunger Games Lite.
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