No doubt trying to capitalize on the hype of The Hunger Games young adult oriented CW is trying to license the rights to the Japanese Battle Royale franchise.

Battle Royale is a novel by Japanese writer Koushun Takami that has been adapted into a manga, an anime and two live action movies in Japan.  The basic plot is that the totalitarian government kidnaps a bus load of  high school students and then makes them fight each other to the death. The Program has been running since 1947 and is meant to terrorize the population by creating paranoia and undermining the organization of an insurgency.  It was also written six years before Hunger Games.

In many ways Battle Royale is high school as a fight to the death in a literal sense.  Each of the students have weapons, but it’s really their personalities that will save or damn them.  Since the CW took The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle and only left the premise, so I assume they’ll do the same here. But how will they take a novel with a time-based “game” that reduces the cast down to a few and turn it into a 22 episode a year series?  How will they sell a show that basically kills a few high school kids every week?  The book appalled many in Japan when it was released, but it was meant to provoke conversation about people and their government.  Some how I doubt that will happen with this Americanized version.  Heck they even dumbed down the politics in The Hunger Games, so what we will be left with is lots of PG sexuality and blood by the gallons.

It’s obvious why the CW would pursue the Battle Royale license, but what will be left of the original once adapted for an ongoing series on broadcast TV?  Maybe we can just ask L. J. Smith.

 

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No doubt trying to capitalize on the hype of The Hunger Games young adult oriented CW is trying to license the rights to the Japanese Battle Royale franchise. Battle Royale is a novel by Japanese writer Koushun Takami that has been adapted into a manga, an anime and two live...