Waiting for That Battle Royale Remake? You Should Probably Stop Now

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Battle Royale (2000) Movie Image

Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 film “Battle Royale” has become a cult hit in its native Japan and overseas. The film, set in one of those near-future type settings, is most famous for pitting high schoolers (re: teenagers) against each other in a brutal kill-or-be-killed showdown on an island, complete with exploding collars. The culprits? The Government aka the adults. The film would spawn a forgettable sequel 3 years later.

Battle Royale (2000) Movie PosterOf course, that was 11 years ago, and “Battle Royale” might have seemed shocking, then. Nowadays, with teenage girl killers running around slicing people into pieces with swords and cussing like rotten sailors, it’s probably not so shocking anymore.

Needless to say, a film like “Battle Royale” quickly became remake bait. And if it’s Asian and it’s being remade, obviously producer Roy Lee is somehow involved. (Lee is also involved in the remake of “Oldboy” and a gazillion other Asian movie remakes. See the status of the “Oldboy” remake here.)

In what appears to be the same round-table interview with other online sites like Shock Til You Drop, Blood-Disgusting, and the like, Lee also updated fans on the “Battle Royale” remake (via Movieweb):

The Hunger Games definitely took a lot of wind out of the sails because it definitely has a very similar storyline and so I’m not even sure if before The Hunger Games, any studio would have been able to take the creative risks you need to make the movie right.

“The Hunger Games”, as some of you have already (correctly) pointed out, is very “Battle Royale”-esque in its pitting of teenagers against one another. In the Suzanne Collins books, anyway. It looks like, because of the age of the actors, the “teen” angle may have been toned down for the movies.

Lee, by the by, is also in the process of rebooting “The Grudge” and “The Ring” horror franchises, and is trying to talk his way into the “Poltergeist” remake.

Here’s what all the hullabaloo over the original was about:

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  • 0ptik

    The Condemned was also a movie that was compared to with Battle Royale. Except that it was cons instead of teenagers.

    • Anonymous

      Yup, and when word started spreading about “BR” ten years ago, I saw it compared more than once to “Lord of the Flies” and “The Most Dangerous Game.” It’s shorthand when you’re selling a concept. I’m annoyed that when and if a proper non-”Hot Topic”, non-bootleg DVD/Blu-ray kiosk version of the movie finally drops, it’ll be marketed as “In the tradition of ‘The Hunger Games’!”.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Haha, yeah, that will be hilarious.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          And maddening. I love how with this as with “Old Boy” people only talk about the film version, and not the original source material at all. I mean I know the films made them popular but still, “BR” was a novel first. But yeah as soon as I saw “Hunger Games” being made I was like this will either fast track “BR” or kill it.