American remake in the works for Battle Royale

Grand Theft Auto, Natural Born Killers, Bonnie and Clyde…ya’ll don’t know controversy like Battle Royale.

For the uninitiated, Battle Royale is the cult classic featuring Japanese actor, director, wacky game show host Kitano Takeshi, and a cast of 42 middle-school students who are unknowlingly hauled off to a remote island, handed a weapon, and forced to pluck each other off until only one remains. Friends, enemies, unrequited 8th grade crushes, everyone is going down in a blaze of glory. This is all while being televised ala The Running Man or “reality TV gone too far” satire Series 7.

Although never getting a wide release in U.S. theaters or dvd due to distribution issues and jarring content (though it is available online), this film has still managed to gain a rather enthusiastic and voracious following in the states. Now comes the news via Variety that (registration b.s. required)
New Line studios is set to remake the film, yankee style. No director or actors have been named at this time.

Know this. There’s no chance this will be a remake baring much resemblance to the original. In this post Columbine, post 9/11, post sense of humor America we’re hanging tough in, it just won’t fly without some major shift in concept. Look forward to schemes such as aging the teen competitors a good ten years at least, or by adding some zombified element. If I’m wrong, mark it down, because this film will bring the heat, from all sides, like never seen before. Left/right wing, the Parent Teachers Association, the YMCA, they’re all going to want to get a piece of Battle Royale. Am I exaggerating? Reference the trailer video for the original work in question.

Posted by Ted Zee on June 08th 2006 | Home Page | 3 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

3 Responses

  1. Ill-Advised: ‘Battle Royale’, ‘Funny Games’ Remakes » Says:

    […] we noted back in June of last year, an Americanized version of Battle Royale, was never going to come to pass without major conceptual […]

  2. Bairen Mogui Says:

    Why does Hollywood always have to find a well made world cinema movie and than do it very best to ruin it to the best of there ability. You only have to look at the last few years to see have poor the remakes that they have made i.e. The ring 1 & 2, replacement killers & italian job. I’ll love to see the day when an american classic movie is remade like casablanca…..if the westen wold is to stupid to read sub-titleds then let them go with out

  3. rylie Says:

    i wish they’d just leave battle royale alone =_= i don’t get why they have to ruin such an amazing asian film. If they make an american version of it, it’ll just ruin the entire thing.

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