Battle Royale Won’t Get an American TV Series
Over the summer we reported that the CW was working on a Battle Royale TV series. At the time I said the show itself wasn’t a horrible idea but having the CW do it was. I wasn’t the only one who thought this, apparently, because the show is now dead.
Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW with a really unfortunate last name, had said that he would “love” to do a series based on the high school student smörgåsbord that is BR. This past Sunday, during a Pasadena press tour for the network, Pedowitz revealed that he did actually contact the holder of the BR rights about doing a show once. Just once. Apparently the rights holder wasn’t too keen on the idea and the show never made it any farther then that. Pedowitz said that following about the project:
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.
Pedowitz also noted that his interest in developing this project pre-dated the mass shootings in Colorado and Conneticut. So that’s nice. But the CW won’t be without child arena combat, though. The network still has The Selection in development. The show has been compared to Hunger Games but with less violence. If the film was anything to go by, there wasn’t that much violence to begin with.