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Chalk up another Asian film to get stamped with domestic 'remake.' This time, however, instead of a horror we are given one violent sci-fi actioner.
Battle Royale for New Line Cinema
According to Variety, New Line Cinema has purchased the remake rights to the controversial Japanese sci-fi film Battle Royale. The project has already been set up with Neal Moritz and Roy Lee.
Original film, produced by Toie and released in 2000 amid concerns about its violence, is set in an apocalyptic future in which schools are overrun by uncontrolled violence; the government responds by organizing an annual Battle Royale, in which a school class is picked at random and students are pitted against each other on an abandoned island in a game of survival.
I had always hoped they would create a television show similar to Survivor, but force the contestants into two separate camps. The only way to survive is to destroy the other camp. Now that is great television!
Has this anything to do with Battle Royale? No, but the movie somehow reminded me of this idea.
Anywho, it turns out that Toie also released a sequel titled Battle Royale II. Sounding slightly cheesy, the film features a new class of teen students who are forced to battle a rebel group let by a survivor of a previous Battle Royale.
So how does allowing students go to war stop the violence at school?