Kids killing kids doesn’t exactly scream ‘prime time hit.’
Or, at least, it didn’t before the crazy success of The Hunger Games (final domestic box office: over 405 million dollars). Now fights to the death seem as profitable as shows about vampires. The CW is reportedly developing a show based on the cult Japanese movie Battle Royale. EW has confirmed that The CW has “inquired about the rights.”
For the uninitiated, Battle Royale is a 2000 film about a group of Japanese school children. The group is rounded up and moved to an island where, much like The Hunger Games, on the government’s orders they must kill each other until one remains. Needless to say, it’s a blood bath.
The L.A. Times points out that a sticking point in the deal might be the approval of original novel author Koushun Takami, who, according to Japanese law, must sign off on the deal.