Remember CW’s proposed TV series based on the amazing (and amazingly violent) film and manga series “Battle Royale“? We told you all about it back in July, and I shared my thoughts about why I felt it was a less-than-stellar idea. Well, according to CW president Mark Pedowitz, it’s not happening. He said, “We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale … nothing occurred … there’s nothing to talk about … nothing happened.”
It was obvious that the teen-skewing network was hungry for “Hunger Games” and snapping up the rights to “Royale” would be the quickest way to cash in on the teen-on-teen murdering theme without actually having the valuable “Hunger Games” license. I’m sure the fact that CW has an adaptation of the young adult series, “The Selection” in the pipeline certainly helped make the decision to forgo “Battle Royale” easier. According to THR, that series is:
…an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman (Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden) who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.
According to EW, Pedowitz was never really close to producing a “Battle Royale” CW series in the first place. The president said he simply made an inquiring phone call about the rights to the title, which never amounted to anything. Either way, consider the bullet dodged for now.