The success of The Hunger Games seems to have quashed any notion of an American version of Battle Royale due to kinda-similar themes (thank god), but it looks like Battle Royale may live on in an Americanized version as a TV show. Unfortunately, not a reality show.
In the last few weeks, the CW has had talks with the project’s Hollywood representatives about the possibility of turning the property into an English-language show, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. The talks were preliminary, but if a deal could be reached, the network would acquire rights to Koushun Takami’s underlying novel, then unpack and expand on it for an hourlong dramatic series.
Asked about the CW talks, Joyce Jun, a Hollywood attorney representing U.S. rights to the title, would say only that “there is no deal in place.” A CW spokesman confirmed only there had been some discussion but declined to comment further.
One sticking point to any deal is believed to be the approval of Takami, which according to Japanese law must be secured before any remake moves forward.
The CW? Oh, well that’s gonna suck.
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