The CW Nixes Battle Royale TV Series Idea

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Apparently that’s all it was, too — an idea. One that won’t be going any further, as it turns out.

Battle Royale Manga CoverOriginally reported as being a viable candidate for CW TV show status, it looks like the teen-centric network won’t be moving forward with a TV show based on the Japanese “Battle Royale” series. In fact, according to CW President Mark Pedowitz, it was really just one phone call inquiring about the rights that never amounted to much.

Speaking to press, Pedowitz cleared up the situation:

We were not able to do anything. We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale … nothing occurred … there’s nothing to talk about … nothing happened.

Of course, Pedowitz and company were interested in making a “Battle Royale” TV series because of the popularity of “The Hunger Games” franchise. This was also before a series of shootings in the States, which, let’s face it, has put a real damper (and focused a lot of attention) on anything that involves young people and violence masquerading as entertainment. And the “Battle Royale” property is certainly all about teens and violence.

Have no fear, though, fans of teens doing bad things to one another: the CW still has “The Selection”, often described as “Hunger Game”-esque”, in development. And of course, “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire” is due out later this year in a multiplex near you.

The Selection Novel Cover

Via : EW