New Line to Mount a "Royale" Remake?

by | June 8, 2006 | Comments

For a flick that was SO controversially violent it couldn’t even earn a domestic theatrical release, New Line sure seems amped about remaking it. It’s Kinji Fukasaku‘s "Battle Royale," of course, and now that a few years have passed since the last really nasty example of teen-on-teen violence … an American remake can now be made.

According to Variety, "New Line has decided to launch "Battle Royale," buying the remake rights to the controversial Japanese sci-fi pic and setting up the project 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."

No word yet on who’ll be writing, directing, or starring in the remake, but feel free to flip through Neal Moritz’s filmography to see what the flick will probably look like. (Yikes.)