Battle Royale series is no more
Well, here’s a big surprise. Yes, the Battle Royale TV show that was in development at the CW network isn't going forward.
You didn’t need to be a psychic to see this one coming, especially after the spate of recent shootings. And oddly enough, this is the second time Battle Royale’s been shut down after real life shootings. As you may recall, the original US release for Battle Royale was cancelled in the wake of the Columbine tragedy.
Indeed, it’s a close enough idea, I’ve often referred to Games as Battle Royale light, but Battle Royale was always far more extreme and always came with much heavier political baggage. Not to mention now would be the worst possible time to try and revive it because of the horrible events in Connecticut.
Pedowitz responded, “We’re not planning to do anything we cannot get on the air. So the answer to that question is, no, we’re not going to go in that direction.” What on earth the CW thought they were going to make is beyond me.
Ultimately, it’s eerie that as Battle Royale is coming around again that it’s once again come under fire for coming too close to a horrible real life event. What’s especially awful is we’re still dealing with similar tragic events after all these years.