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Is America ready for a movie about kids trying to kill each other?

New Line has landed the remake rights to the Japanese cult hit "Battle Royal," one of the most violent films in the history of Japanese cinema.

The Japanese original focuses on a not-so-futuristic Japan in which unemployment and low national morale have somehow prompted the government to create an unusual game: Each year, a single class of ninth graders is dropped off on a remote island. Every student is provided with a weapon, or something that might be used as a weapon. They're set loose and given three days to kill each other. Only the winner survives.

It remains to be seen how New Line will adapt the controversial original to the more sensitive U.S. audience.

Credit: Variety

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Well this is the guy who is Producing it filmography...so things are looking bad.

# Click (2006) (producer)

# The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) (producer)

# "Prison Break" (2005) TV Series (executive producer)

# Stealth (2005) (producer)

# Devour (2005) (executive producer)

# xXx: State of the Union (2005) (producer)

... aka XXX 2: The Next Level (Australia) (International: English title) (UK)

... aka xXx 2: The Next Level (Hong Kong: English title) (Malaysia: English title)

... aka Cold Circle & Intersection (Philippines: English title: review title)

... aka XXX²: The Next Level (Singapore: English title)

... aka xXx²: The Next Level (UK)

... aka xXx2: The Next Level (Australia)

# "Point Pleasant" (2005) TV Series (executive producer)

# "Still Life" (2005) TV Series (executive producer)

# Cruel Intentions 3 (2004) (V) (producer)

# Torque (2004) (producer)

# Mr. Ed (2004) (TV) (executive producer)

# Rammstein: Lichtspielhaus (2003) (V) (producer) (video "Feuer Frei!")

# "Tru Calling" (executive producer) (as Neal Moritz)

- Pilot (2003) TV Episode (executive producer) (as Neal Moritz)

# Out of Time (2003/I) (producer)

# S.W.A.T. (2003) (producer)

# 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) (producer)

... aka 2 Fast 2 Furious (Germany)

# Vegas Dick (2003) (TV) (executive producer)

# The Skulls III (2003) (producer)

# The Pool at Maddy Breaker's (2003) (TV) (executive producer)

# Static (2003/I) (producer)

# Sweet Home Alabama (2002) (producer)

# xXx (2002) (producer)

... aka Triple X (USA: informal English title)

# The Skulls II (2002) (V) (executive producer) (producer)

# "Greg the Bunny" (2002) TV Series (executive producer)

# Slackers (2002) (producer)

... aka Complices, Les (Canada: French title)

# Not Another Teen Movie (2001) (producer)

... aka Sex Academy (Europe: English title: new title)

# The Glass House (2001) (producer)

# Soul Survivors (2001) (producer) (as Neal Moritz)

# Return to Cabin by the Lake (2001) (TV) (executive producer)

# Class Warfare (2001) (TV) (producer)

# The Fast and the Furious (2001) (producer)

... aka The Fast and the Furious (Germany)

# Saving Silverman (2001) (producer)

... aka Evil Woman (Australia) (Europe: English title) (UK) (USA: working title)

# Shotgun Love Dolls (2001) (TV) (executive producer)

# Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (V) (producer)

... aka Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep (USA: closing credits title)

# Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) (producer)

... aka Légendes urbaines 2 (Canada: French title)

... aka Légendes urbaines: La suite (Canada: French title)

... aka Leyendas urbanas: Corte final (USA: Spanish title)

# Hendrix (2000) (TV) (executive producer)

# Cabin by the Lake (2000) (TV) (executive producer)

# The Skulls (2000) (producer)

... aka Clan des Skulls, Le (Canada: French title)

# Electra's Guy (2000) (TV) (executive producer)

# Monster! (1999) (TV) (executive producer) (as Neal Moritz)

# Held Up (1999) (producer)

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Well the problem I'd have with those two picks is you can kinda picture the movie in your head because you know what it'll look like. Why not someone like a Bryan Singer or a James McTeigue? Or even like an Eli Roth who you know can bring the gore? Or even some like Zack Snyder?

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Why only Tarentino and Fincher? I mean they'd be pretty great but I can think of some other directer's that would be able to make it watchable.

Like who? Not trying to pick a fight -- I racked my brain, and those are the only two I could think of who have both the talent to pull it off and the influence to make sure it wouldn't be watered down by studio execs.

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Frankly, I'll be surprised if they don't change it so that the `contestants' are either high school seniors or college students.

And it'll star Mischa Barton and Chris Klein and there'll be some barely believeable romance and a cute dog sidekick and no one likeable will actually die and it'll be marketed with Burger King and Pepsi tie-ins and fuck how the U.S. screws up awesome Japanese movies.

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Some people are babies. They have aquired the property, but that does not mean that there will be a movie made. It could take them years just to get a script! When it's all said and done, this could be a junky movie, or it could end up being amazing. You can't judge it when there isn't anything to judge.

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You can't judge it when there isn't anything to judge.

Clearly this is your first time on the Internet.

I expect it to be Frankie Muniz and Hillary Duff with the Olsen Twins also in there somehow, but otherwise you've probably nailed it perfectly.
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I hope Rob Cohen directs it! [/sarcasm]

Well, it can't be a good sign, but I'll hold out judgment until things like directors and writers are assigned. Knowing the producer's (I believe that's Neal H. Moritz) history, I doubt he's heading for the good directors. This'll probably be directed by Lee Tamahori, written by Rich Wilkes, and feature far too much CGI. Which means it'll suck ass.

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This is a dark day. Going by what has been seen just by the producer's resume, we have hot (yet talentless) women taking over the girls that die, a B-List actor in the Kitano role, Hayden Christensen as the big name to play Kiriyama, and some black rapper to be either Kawada or Mimura that's going to release some shitty Battle Royale single (Bow Wow, I'm looking at you <_< ) that punk kids are going to be blasting out of their cars, while Epert and Roper bury the film.


Did I see that the article called this "Battle Royal" sans the "E"? Christ, I did.... :crying:


There really is no hope.

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To be fair Mick, Hayden would at least be better than Muniz. Even if he was shit in the two Star Wars prequels, he has done some alright shit as opposed to most of the teen/20somethings mentioned in the topic.

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New Line has landed the remake rights to the Japanese cult hit "Battle Royal," one of the most violent films in the history of Japanese cinema.

Oh Christ, no it's not. People make a big deal of the violence because it's kids killing eachother, but it's really not that bad at ALL.

Yes, this is a ridiculous thing to pick at but hey.

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