Battle Royale Remake Shelved

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We have all been waiting in terror for news of the proposed remake of the Japanese film Battle Royale, which is probably one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen in my life. For those of you who haven't heard or seen it, the storyline is that in a Japan several years in the future, one class of thirty or so students (all about 15 or so years old) is selected every year to compete in the BATTLE ROYALE. Basically these kids are dumped in a remote location and have a certain amount of time to kill their classmates or they all die. The film centers around one group of kids as they are dumped on an island and the battle begins. Hands down, one of the most chilling films I have seen.

Well, in light of the massacre at Virginia Tech on Apirl 16, producer of the remake Roy Lee revealed in an interview with the New York Times that the remake at the moment has been shelved. New Line Cinemas (who are putting up the money) haven't commented on how the negotiations for the rights are going as they are still trying to get a hold of them.

The article the Times has run also goes into length about the effect the new stream of gory R rated horror flicks coming out and how the VT shootings might effect them. Worth a read.

Lee was asked if he would continue with the remake if he had the chance: "we might be a little more sensitive to some of the issues."


I personally cannot see a remake of Royale going ahead anytime soon considering what had happened unless the storyline is drastically altered to such a degree where it bears little resemblence to the original story as it is a book about students killing other students who are basically high school age. It is a brutal story and there is little compromise in it.  The movie is also quite distrubing in its content so, unless things are 100% changed, it won't work making a carbon copy remake.

So, I don't see how they can be sensitive to a story like Royale. Well, thats my opinion of it.

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