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BATTLE ROYALE American Remake Set Up...

Hey folks, Harry here... Here's a project that could either be utterly fantastic or a steaming pile of shit. I know some of the folks involved in this film. Allegedly it's going to be an extremely Hard R - serious-minded Americanization of BATTLE ROYALE. Personally... in an ideal world... they'd hire Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner to adapt the script and Paul Verhoeven to direct. And they'd just turn them totally loose. Either that... or hire Larry Clark loose on this material and just set the world aflame. The scary part of this project is the tragically hip producer, Neal Moritz is producing... And that pretty much means any chance of this being an extremely hard-nosed brutal american telling of this Japanese classic... well is just about as sure as pissing a straight line outside during a hurricane. Not very likely. Let's hope for the best. At this point, there's no screenwriters and no director. It's just been reported that Neal Moritz and Roy Lee are producing at NEW LINE CINEMAS a remake of BATTLE ROYALE. Let us pray for the best!

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  • June 8, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    No way....

    by oh_riginal

    ... will it be anywhere close to the REAL Battle Royale film. Period.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by oh_riginal

    ... and can we just stop with the remakes? Even if only for a few years?? We need a break!

  • June 8, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Just when you thought it was safe to go ...

    by Shan

    ... back in the water. They have got to be kidding, surely?

  • June 8, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST


    by godoffireinhell

    this is hysterical

  • June 8, 2006, 4:04 a.m. CST

    This Cant Be in Theaters...

    by Sakurai

    I wont believe it til i see the poster with dead children on it. This is gonna be very very controversial here. And i am gonna love it!!

  • June 8, 2006, 4:15 a.m. CST

    No way

    by ApneicMonkey

    I'm not a hater but there is just no way that a US film-making team will be able to pull off something as violent and intense as Battle Royale (or any violent Japanese film for that matter).

  • June 8, 2006, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by ABVH


  • June 8, 2006, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by Jedibobster

    Yeah, hopefully this will be as hardcore as the original, if not more so. Wouldn't want to disappoint Harry's nephew. Paul Verhoven would be a great choice for this I agree.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    probably the worst news since Justin Lin announced

    by DirkD13"

    he was remaking Oldboy. Are things really this badthat there are almost no original ideas. Bless M. Night Shawaddywaddy, at least he's trying!

  • June 8, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Well, if a remake HAS to be made...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...Paul Verhoeven's Battle Royale? He's the only mainstream Hollywood director I can think of who could actually subvert the inevitably studio-imposed PC element and turn it into a simultaneous entertaining action fest and amoral mind-fuck. I'd buy that for a dollar.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Vote with your wallets

    by jasper Stillwell

    People go along to see these things to see how bad they are/if they've done them right - if we keep away from these morally bankrupt ideas then they'll try another tack. I can feel a 're-imagining' of Different Strokes coming on...

  • June 8, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Get Beat Takeshi to direct!!

    by DirkD13"

    Then I would be very interested.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Leo and Katie Holmes in the remake?>???

    by MentallyMariah

    just kidding ha ha, I dunno, but all I want is fucking paris hilton in the role of the slutty girl that stabs that guy in the penis.. thats hot!!

  • June 8, 2006, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Talentless Cnuts

    by Fenton Meiks

    Yet another oh-so-pointless remake. You're not going to make it anywhere near as good as the original. Fact. So why bother? Add this to The Fog, Wicker Man, and Infernal Affairs as recent travesties. If any directors without a shred of originality or creativity are reading this, here are a few you seem to have missed: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Alien, The Thing, and The Usual Suspects. It really wouldn't surprise me.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    So who should be the

    by DirkD13"

    cool dude almost-indestructible psycho??

  • June 8, 2006, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Fuck Hollywood

    by Delete Me

    So what exactly is the job of a Hollywood producer these days? He sits behind his desk snorting coke when his assistent walks in with a list of succesful Asian films. He hangs it on the wall, the producer throws a dart and voila! "The dart landed on Battle Royale sir. Excellent choice sir. Allow me to put my lips on your anus for a moment sir. If I suck your cock, will you give me some money to direct my own movie? It'll be very cheap and very original." At witch point the producer of course kicks him out because the word "original" confuses him.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:52 a.m. CST

    And you just know

    by DirkD13"

    all the actors will be 25-30 playing high-schoolers. There's a reason the Japanese don't remake American movies, they actually have their own ideas. Hope this tanks, bigtime.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:53 a.m. CST


    by Delete Me

    Anger leads to hate, hate leads to spelling errors. -_-

  • June 8, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for the

    by Bob Muttonchops

    X3 remake. It has been less than a month come on people get a move on. Oh & PG-13 BR remake bad idea, but hey don't let that stop you.

  • June 8, 2006, 5 a.m. CST

    If they do this...

    by Shan

    ... (I rather they wouldn't) ... Paul Verhoeven for director, definitely and I think, Michael Moore for the Beat Takeshi role, simply because of the huge amount of irony that would be generated.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Hi Jarv

    by Shan

    Did you catch my message welcoming you back from Spain. It was Spain, right?

  • June 8, 2006, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Shall We Dance? Remake...

    by RKO Classic

    Just.....FAAABULOOOOUUUSSS darlings! I hope that the Battle Royale remake also stars Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, because they were SOOO FAAABULOOOOUUUSSS in the Shall We Dance? remake! FAAABULOOOOUUUSSS!!! I wonder if they could get that wonderfully talented director, Paul W. S. Anderson. YEAH, the NEW SPIELBERG! Or how about Brett Ratner.... Man, is he a hot director! LOVE HIS WORK! Hey, I do hope they can find a role for Rob Schneider in there. He could play the comedy sidekick! Yeah, FUNNY GUY!!! Hilarious! Then again, NOT as funny as Martha Stewart. WOW, Martha in Battle Royale!!! She could play a character called MARTHA FOOKER! A real mean, mean piece of cake. I saw her GUT a fish with noneother than Brian "Bloody Hell" Dennehy. Now, he's a tough guy, but man, oh man, was he scared of Martha. Do you know what would be a FAAABULOOOOUUUSSS addition to the film? What if they add Stallone playing the DEAF COP SCHTICK from Copland? I'm on a role.... HOLLYWOOD, GIVE ME THE CONTRACT! I'M ONBOARD!!!

  • June 8, 2006, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Okay, not to go over what's already been said, but...

    by Radical AdZ

    Honest to God, what the FUCK, man?!! Biased as I am, I say this for two reasons:- 1. No offense to anyone here, but making Battle Royale American WILL NOT, repeat WILL NOT, work, for at least a dozen reasons that should be all too obvious. I mean, if Quentin Tarantino were the producer I'd at least feel a tiny hint of hope that he'd have the taste and decency to make sure it was handled well, but this screams, literally SCREAMS like a banshee, of half-assed, watered down, Hollywood stool water. I do not trust it for one second and you can't make me. 2. (and this the part where the personal bias REALLY enters,) I've spent since at least Spring of 2004 adapting a screenplay of this myself set in England, NOT in America. The bulk of what was in the original, plus more stuff that was in the original novel, (yes, it was a novel, and a manga,) and at the minute it's close to being 80% complete. A sort of Lord of the Flies meets Straw Dogs-type script. Now, at the risk of sounding like an arrogant self-important limey hack writer, given the choice of Hollywood screwheads or one Anglo-Canadian young turk, worse or better?

  • June 8, 2006, 5:53 a.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO! What is the point?????

    by Foxman

    This film blew me away when i first saw it and completely caught me off guard. Dragged a few mates the second time and loved it even more. Please do not remake - come up with something bloody original for once you lazy bastards!!!

  • June 8, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    so, let's guess the cast: Buffy, Veronica Mars, Tom Wel

    by caipirina

    ling and what other semin hip teen TV actors are available ... hmm ..

  • June 8, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Jarv, sorry man

    by thatpeterguy

    But I think from here on out I can only see you as the guy that hates Titanic. You've already been typecast. You should try to start some other fires on other talkbacks to wash away the sordid memories you left with all of us on the James Cameron one. And coincidently you are dead on the money here. Battle Royale worked for a lot of reasons but one of the primary ones being that it is set in Japan. High school students their are forced to stay in school until 7 at night and then go to other academies until 2 in the morning. In that reality this film seems far more feasible. So there's that and the fact that crazed and bloody Japanese highschools girls fighting it out is fuckin' hot. So that being said if this gets made with a bunch of WB stars I'm gonna set the building on fire.

  • June 8, 2006, 6:40 a.m. CST

    "in anideal world they'd hire Paul Verhoeven to direct"

    by newc0253

    and in an ideal world, i'd be king of australia and jessica alba would be my concubine. sorry, but the battle royale US remake will most probably suck ass.

  • June 8, 2006, 6:43 a.m. CST

    If Neil H. Moron is producing

    by DirkD13"

    it'll end up being directed by Rob Cohen or some shit, and will just be a straightforward actioner with an $80 million budget and 550 effects shots. It'll be half as good as BR2 at best (and BR2 was a massive step down from the first, though not without it's merits). Oh and Radical, gutted for you if this movie goes ahead mate, gutted.

  • June 8, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Who decides how good a movie is based on how "brutal"

    by PhilConnors

    it is? Weird.

  • June 8, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Please fucking dont do this

    by busby

    Got to say this sounds a terrible idea the only way it would work is find a new hungry director and get them a to an independent low budget but very hardcore version if this is the standard hollywood remake then it will be a steaming pile of shit

  • June 8, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST

    "Kamikaze Girls" next?

    by Anna Valerious

    I'm thinking with people taking notice of Gothic and Lolita fashion, someone will probably do "Shimotsuma Montogari"/"Kamikaze Girls" next....though someone will get Hillary Duff to be the loli (Which is actually something I'm ok with since she likes Jp. fashion.) and Avril Lavigne to be the yanqui thug (I'm going to admit I like her better as an actress after seeing "Over the Hedge"...she needs to end her recording career.) and probably have Jimmy Fallon as the yanqui's crush, with or without the ridiculous pompadour. Though I'm not sure if I'd see it...

  • June 8, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST

    steaming pile of shit

    by busby

    Just like my typing in my last post

  • June 8, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Come in Hollywood - YOUR TIME IS UP..!

    by workshed

    Forget it. You can't take the Jap out of 'Battle Royale' any more than you could take a twat out of 'The Player'. It just won't be the same. 'Seven Samurai' or 'Magnificent Seven'..? The choice is yours but I know which one I'd plump for every time. And don't get me started on 'The Wicker Man'. Everyone concerned with that particular remake deserves to rot. In Hell. When was the last truly great Hollywood movie..? I'm scratching my head and having to go back at least 20 years.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale and Douglas Adams

    by Shan

    Well, that's something you wouldn't expect in the same sentence but there is a strange parallel of sorts. Douglas talked about a sport called Brockian Ultra Cricket which was horribly violent and really popular - even though no-one can see it because they build a really high wall around it. Battle Royale's the same way as in all the Japanese public can't see the game at all either.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    BR II sucked hard

    by tripp5

    and its still gonna be tons better than this remake...probably...but you never know...although we all really do...

  • June 8, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Help me out here...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Are Americans incapable of reading subtitles on foreign films? What's with this culture of re-making hugely successful Asian movies? I just don't get it.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Fenton Meiks

    by jccalhoun

    "If any directors without a shred of originality or creativity are reading this, here are a few you seem to have missed: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Alien, The Thing, and The Usual Suspects." Ummm... you do know that The Thing was a remake of The Thing From Another World, right? Anyway, as others have said, there's no way that this will star anyone younger than mid 20s which will totally ruin half of the impact of the film. I also gaurantee that there will be a crappy nudity-free sex scene and a Titanic-style soliloquy from the male lead about how the female lead shouldn't give up. Yawn...

  • June 8, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    By that token ...

    by Shan

    ... One way they *could* handle an American version of Battle Royale is that it's a 'sidequel' (not a remake) set in the Japanese Battle Royale Universe where the Americans have set up a franchise. Get Mark Burnett to play himself as the man who bought the concept from the Japanese. Have the show (within the movie) retooled for an American audience where everything is shown from multiple camera angles and sponsorship is riddled through it and running commentary. Have the Japanese act all snooty about how the American version debases the concept by overexposure - never mind the whole concept is about mass murder. Maybe have the class in the US Version selected not at random but because they're the lowest scoring class in the country on the standardised testing or something.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Shan, have you been watching Running Man.

    by Drworm2002

    lol. That is what an American remake would be. If they do it right, I'll love it. If not, then fuck it.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Paul Verhoeven's Battle Royale

    by JAGUART

    It appears that there's little doubt even among the hardcore skeptics that such a match up would be gleefully evil.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Sure to be a hit!

    by solartaco3

  • June 8, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by JackPumpkinhead

    The Thing is being remade by the Sci-Fi Channel (no, really) and last year there have been talks of remaking Taxi Driver. I guess a lot depends on how that Taxi Driver game is going to sell.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "Allegedly it's going to be an extremely Hard R" ...

    by performingmonkey

    You don't say... Teens being forced to kill each other to survive couldn't exactly get a 'soft' R or PG-13 now, could it? That's if they include the killing. They'll probably just vote each other off Big Brother style. I can't wait to see what cheesy American names they come up with for the kids. Eric is sure to be one of them. Why are they doing this? To make money. When that is the SOLE reason for a project you know it's already dead, lifeless and cold, before a single mother fucking frame has been shot. They don't even have a director yet? Get Ron Howard or Spielberg.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Kinda funny when you think

    by Falcon5768

    that the original has still not had a proper American release. Regardless Im not sure Vorhoeven would be the best to let loose on it. While brutal, his stuff in hindsight turns out to be very cheezy once you get past the severed limbs and exploding acid dumped bad guys against the windshield.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire

    Unless you hire Adam Hackbarth to write it and either Takashi Miike, Eli Roth, or Quentin Tarantino to direct it. Hehe. Shameless.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by WolfmanNards

    FIRST OF ALL- They're gonna tipsy toe around the subject matter because they'll be afraid of offending columbine victims. SECOND- They're gonna take it TOO seriously, therefore not making it anywhere near as fun as the Japanese version (which had a great sense of humor about itself)

  • June 8, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Verhoeven hasn't made a good film in 15 years

    by DirkD13"

    sorry folks but (although theoretically a good choice), he's been off the ball for years. He and Neumeier missed the mark somewhat with Starship Troopers (oh what it should have been). As for western directors, it has to be somebody with clout and a passion for the original therefore it would have to be Tarantino. But if he made it we'd be waiting till 2015, by which time we'll probably be letting the little bastards do it for real. Actually that would be a damn sight more entertaining than this'll turn out to be!

  • June 8, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    To escape the MPAA and DC from ruining this....

    by Mr. Profit

    They should make the kids college age. That way all of the destruction and mayhem can be acceptable since the MPAA and Washington don't care if people over 18 kill each other on film. The original Battle Royale is a fun movie. It's not a classic or genius. It plays out like a fucking violent episode of the Mexican teen Telenovella "Rebelde". But it is very unique and with it's flaws it's still a good movie. Hopefully they'll get someone like James Gunn to adapt and either Zach Snyder or the emerging talent with a knack of extreme "Oh Shit" shocking gore porn David Ellis. Say what you will about Final Destination 2. But that was a fun and evil fucking movie.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I'm curious what the makeup of the class will be

    by JackRabbitSlim

    The kids were pretty much interchangeable - and guilt of some pretty serious overacting. Oh and please spare us the hamfisted allegory of the Iraq war that will be hideously dated in a decade. Not that anyone will be rewatching it.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I'll watch it only if...

    by Giz

    ...the chick shootout consists of Amanda Bynes, Kristen Bell, Amy Acker , Kristen Kruek and Alexis Bledel. Natch...

  • June 8, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

  • June 8, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    a few years ago Mancow was interviewing

    by beefywhore

    Rob Zombie and he suggested that Rob make this for American audiences. I didn't think it was a bad I did at the time (though I wasn't such a remake hater at the time either) but now I just want them to stop remaking things alltogether...I guess if it HAS to be done Paul Verhoven isn't a bad choice to helm....

  • June 8, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    And I won't co-sign this shit unless....

    by Mr. Profit

    They hire an Asian actor in the lead role. It's only right that they keep the character of Nanahara Asian. And they also need to get a real bad assed girl to play Chigusa and an especially good actress who can pull off playing the evil and bad assed Mitsuko.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    What didn't you like about Starship Troopers?

  • June 8, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Can't they just release the original in America...

    by Ray Garraty #47

    ...with subtitles? I am not aware of how some of that distribution stuff works but I'd go see it in a theater even though I've seen it on DVD. When AICN originally wrote about Battle Royale a few years ago they made it sound like it would never play in the States due to the subject matter...but if it's going to be remade then that's not the issue anymore, is it? And if they can make Battle Royale for American audiences, then isn't it about goddamn time for Stephen King's Long Walk?

  • June 8, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Profit

    It was merely a suggestion. If it were up to me, they'd be younger and in High School and the ugly girl from the When A Stranger Calls remake (who looks like Chris Noth) would be in it and die first. And I wouldn't age the kids in "Lord of the Flies". Don't be silly. Again I'm not in Hollywood. The only way any of this shit would have been greeted by all of us positively is if Lions Gate were making it, since they are unconcerned with pissing anyone off. I'm just saying none of this shit would work anyway in this hyper sensitive society we live in, so try to adapt it in a different way in order to keep the violence. But for the record, I am against this remake because it's not going to be the same and will probably have a lower body count as a result of the film makers being pussies.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by Doctor_Sin

    Stop the goddamn madness! Please!!!! When will that fucking earthquake hit that'll drop Hollywood into the ocean? Future generations will look back on this period of Hollywood filmmaking and suddenly succumb to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and wonder, "Why didn't they kill themselves?!?!?"

  • June 8, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Is this because too many stupid people won't read?

    by butnugget

    I can't believe this. Can somebody give me some examples of other countries remaking Starwars, the Godfather, etc because they didn't want to dub those versions? I fucking hate hollywood sometimes.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by Shan

    The Running Man did cross my mind, yes ... By the way, anyone else hear the rumour that they wanted Quentin Tarantino to play the President of the United States in Battle Royale 2? (Part later cut).

  • June 8, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    LARRY CLARK!!!!???

    by Boxcutter

    Christ, man, get a hold of yourself. Erm, actually, don't. That image just rings my breakfast back up. You know who should direct this? FUCKING NO ONE.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This is SUCH a Verhoeven movie...

    by John Dalmas

  • June 8, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Let Mori write it...

    by CrispyOne

    ... and let him go ape nuts on the script. He's sick enough to pull it off.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    So much potential for failure.

    by Mooly

    Aside from the fact that the American movie studios are totally afraid of offending people or creating something with the political edge and social connotations...they will probably look to cast a bunch of b-list celebs like Timberlake in this movie, water down the social commentary and in the end have all the kids team up to fight terrorism for good ol' U.S. of A. F*** YEAH! USA USA! Oh, and all the media will be genius's who always tell the truth. lol. This remake has zero chance of being good.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    This time i actually don't bother about a remake

    by CurryIce

    'cause i don't care. Why? I thought BR SUCKED but that's just me. Now i said it. I'm outta here. (but i agree...i just can't imagine how an americanized Hollywood remake could work in any way?!)

  • June 8, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    BattleRoyale 90210

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Starring 35 year olds as 14 year olds, so as not to offend any patrons who want to see good violence, only at the cost of those over 18. Jesus fucking goddammed Christ! Stop remaking the good movies. Remake the BAAAAD movies!!! Remake Jaws 3 or The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I'm betting a "Lost" mysterious island vibe

    by Damitol

    You know that no studio is going to back a movie where a bunch of kids are trying to kill each other. The American BR will feature good looking mid 20s actors and actresses who find themselves in "The Battle of Their Life is the Battle FOR Their Life". They all wake up on a mysterious island and are told they must fight to the death, and after a while the prettiest man and woman begin to work together to figure out who is behind it and stop the madness (which of course they do). After the credits there will be an "it's not really over after all" Surprise Twist

  • June 8, 2006, 9:38 a.m. CST

    If they remake The Garbage Pail Kids....

    by Mr. Profit

    Who would they cast as "Windy Wendy"?

  • June 8, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    While I accept Verhoeven as a fair director for this...

    by brycemonkey

    (yes I am concerned that he lost it since Starship Troopers). The real problem is the producer. He'll never release the cash to really do this any justice. The man is involved with the worst shit out there. The XXX movies (all of them); Fast & Furious 1,2+3; Cruel Intentions (OK 1 is good) but 2 +3?!; Urban Legends Final Cut; I Still Know What You Did Last Summer; Not Another Teen Movie; Sweet Home Alabama; The Sculls 1,2 +3?!; Stealth. I think... I'm... WARRRAGHHGHH!!! Sorry I just puked up my insides. Fuck. This. Shit.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by beefywhore

    I LOVE the Idea of a BIG BUDGET Summer-event reimagining of Garbage Pail Kids... Michael Bay to direct...

  • June 8, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    TB to degenerate into...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...Starship Troopers flame war in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

  • June 8, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    John Milius to direct

    by Big Bad Clone

    If we are going to americanize, why not use a crazy ass american?

  • June 8, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    as long as they get that asshole who directed Annapolis

    by chickychow

    And Fast and Furious 3, I'll be content. Only him, no one else. Yeah, you heard me.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I like Starship Troopers

    by DirkD13"

    Went to the cinema to see it even. The books were golden and the film is ok, but ok quite frankly isn't good enough. It should have been the ultimate sci-fi epic. I did enjoy the fact that none of the actors had a clue they were the butt of a huge joke. The satirical nature of the film was almost overplayed (like Robocop 2 and yes i know that's not Verhoeven) instead of being nice and subtle like Robocop 1. Verhoeven on form would probably make an absolute barnstormer, and kudos to the person who suggested John Milius, that's just fucking genius!!!

  • June 8, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Casablanca - The Word is Premake

    by Samson_K

    Has already been remade twice - four times if you include the two television series. Who can forget the classic 'Caboblanco' with Charles Bronson as the Rick character and Simon 'Manimal' MacCorkindale as the Victor Laszlo type. And of course one of the best remakes of all time - Barb Wire - starring Pamela Anderson as Rick - if Rick had enormous breasts. In fact in this case I think we should really be called a 'premake' of these two classical pieces of cinema.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    There is a bright side to all of this...

    by OBSD

    even if the US remake sucks (which it probabally will), it also means that BR & BR2 will have an official US release at the very least on DVD so we can stop buying them from ebay or a disreputable dealer in Chinatown. And they may even release the original films in small "art house" theaters. Because while US distributors may be afraid of a the MPAA and parents' groups, they're even more afraid of not making money.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    bad joke alert!!!!

    by DirkD13"

    If Tarantion did write and direct this, would it be called Battle Royale with Cheese??

  • June 8, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    This wrong, wrong, wrong...

    by exie

    Moritz makes shit PG-13 movies that are all about style over subtance. I've had meetings with his company and they are a bunch of vapid brain dead idiots who rather talk about their pools than about movies and story. Battle Royale should not be remade. I don't care if an American version goes as far as the original (which we all know it won't). This is sad day and the only outcome of this project will be another pile of crap up on the screen. American filmmaking is dying right before our eyes and it's the executives who are killing it. We need a new filmmaker to come out and shake shit up and change things and we need a public that will support it. Until then, it's only going to get worse. Next they'll be remaking In The Realm of The Senses as a teen high school comedy. Watch --- it's coming.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    shouldn't be drinking cider this time of day, but i live in somerset, so i can't help it!!

  • June 8, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Oh, for fuck's sake...

    by JustinSane

    I agree - STOP THE MADNESS!

  • June 8, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    you're obviously someone in the know, are all the executive now just people who grew up watching 80's simpson/bruckheimer flicks?? if that's the case, we're fucked for the next decade.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Did anybody read the original novel?

    by OBSD

    I did, and what I liked is that the "Beat" Takashi character wasn't crazy or over the top in the book. He was just an asshole whose job was to facilitate the game. If they do a remake, it'd be nice to go to the source material. As much as I love Takashi and this movie, his character's "wackyness" brought me out of the movie a little each time he went a little crazier.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST

    good call brycemonkey

    by beefywhore

    with the exception if Not Another Teen Movie (which is a huge guilty pleasure for me) what a bunch of crap that guy has had his fingers in...

  • June 8, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Countries that remade Star Wars:

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Turkey, Brazil, Japan. Now, don't ask about countries that remade Superman...

  • June 8, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Battle Royale, starring...

    by Godardwhowhatnow

    Veronica Mars, Mischa Barton, Some Smallville guy, Some Seventh-tree-hill UPN show guy everyone knows about but me, Go-go yubari makes a fifteen second cameo, and I'm sure Brian Cox will find a way to be in it. Since it is an American remake, it will trash any complexity or nuance from the original and focus on the eternal struggle between good and evil.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by Harry Weinstein

    Getdafuckouttahere, unless the weapon of choice in the US version is the cumshot. Verhoven is the most obvious choice if it must be made at all. Milius would also deliver a potentially very interesting take. Now, the person who said that they'll be remaking IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES as a high school comedy next - THAT'S the movie you want Larry Clark directing.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    The Exorcist: Directed By Spielberg and Starring....

    by Mr. Profit

    Dakota Fanning as Regan MacNiel, and Julia Roberts as Chris MacNiel, with Mark Ruffalo as Dimmy, Lindsay Lohan as Sharon and Tom Hanks as Lancaster Merrin. Rated PG13 because Spielberg will say that suggested violence is scarier than seeing everything played out on screen. And the special effects will be handled by ILM. And in the end the priest wont kill himself because the Devil "Can't win by making him commit the ultimate sin... Suicide" because that is too controversial.

  • June 8, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    never read the book, but you gotta admit, that when you think he's dead, and the gets up to answer the phone, it was one of the laughs of the year!!

  • June 8, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Hollywood's gonna botch this shit........

    by JD Lux

    Besides....who could Hollywood come up with to fill Kitano's shoes?

  • June 8, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Michael Caine for the Teacher?

    by chickychow

    He could play it down but also get a little sinister when necessary. After blowing up one of the kids, he says in his proper British accent: "Sorry bout that. Lets continue shall we?"

  • June 8, 2006, 10:57 a.m. CST

    How this will end up...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    If this is a film aiming for a cinematic release they have to change it one of two ways. Either remove the kids killing each other, or age the kids to adulthood. So it will end up as 'groundbreaking satire on reality TV', where a bunch of Big Brother type contestants (all clearly over the age of 18) enter a reality show called Battle Royale in the 'near future'. It will take place on an island off Florida (gotta have an excuse for there to be lots of young flesh on offer) where hidden cameras record everything for the show that tops the ratings. We will get an obnoxious host who can die at the end, to try and fool people there is a life lesson. Deaths will be more 80s action flick than gory. They will shoot three different endings with different hot young things winning to see which gets over better with focus groups. IT WILL FUCKING SUCK, and barely make back its cost. Nevertheless it will mark the beginning of a new age of cross-cultural film rape. Save this post and see how right I am...

  • June 8, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by exie

    The problem with the execs aren't their influences, the problem is they don't love movies. They see films as a rancher sees cattle. I know there are some exceptions and I have been lucky enough to meet a few of them (I can count them on my hand), but for the most part I've met a lot of well educated privileged snobs who have no idea what the average movie goer wants to see. You go into meetings and try to make small talk with them and end up talking about their vacations and hobbies for 40 minutes. One of my first meetings with Mortiz's company was with this brain dead exec with a British accent who literally talked to me about her pool for half and hour. By the time I got a chance to speak about the projects I was working on, she was too distracted to focus. That's why they keep feeding up the pablum they feed us. Look to 10, 15 years ago and how independent film was a breath of fresh independent film is owned by the big studios and cast with big stars. It's hardly indpendent. For exmaple, Polly Cohen, one of the worst studio execs in the business responsible for such crap as Dukes of Hazzard is named the head of WB independent studio when Polly has no experience in making indie films nor does she have a brain her fucking skull. The day Disney bought Miramax was a death rattle people. They are not encouraging American storytellers/filmmakers unless you walk in with a family comedy with a disinfranchised father and rebellious son. That's what these idiot hacks want. They want Cheaper by the Dozen 40, not Do The Right Thing. Filmmakers abroad are where it's at right now and that's why American studios are copying them constantly. Instead of cultivating the American talent willing to break some barriers, these brain dead fucks have to let foreign filmmakers blaze new trails first and then hire hacks to dumb it down for America. It's sad.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Did someone say Starship Troopers..

    by Borgnine JR

    ...was a satire? I thought it was a Showcase for Dina Meyer's Boobenheimers.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck do I sue over this????

    by CyberBeavis1326

    I really wanted to be the one to bring this book and movie to a an American audience, untouched. (Well slightly touched, but only for minor things, but would shoot the whole damn thing.) Fuck Neal H. Moritz, motherfucker can't produce a fucking good movie to save his own cock from getting sucked off by great white shark. Yet he's in charge of this, fuck it. This movie will be utter shit. I WILL PROTEST THIS FILM ON ALL FRONTS!!!!! Not because of the content, but cause I care about this as a property. I do not need some dumbfounded 15 year olds telling me how cool the movie was, when they don't even know or give a shit about the source. So fuck this news, it isn't cool news, it's the 9/11 of movie news. Thanks Harry, you just killed thousands of fans by reporting this shit. If you have any brains, you'd stop this charade tubby.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    by Bittersweet79

    Tut,tut,tut the US film industry really is bankrupt...

  • June 8, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    At least we'll get a good Region 1 DVD of the original

    by Prof.Ikamono

  • June 8, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Come on now

    by BobWinters5

    This film was made all the way back in 2000. Film was in its infancy then and I find it hard to believe that people can remember a film that was made SO LONG ago. Clearly it is in need of "Buh God" American remake.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    D'ya think they'll ever make a movie like...

    by Borgnine JR

    ...Inherit the Wind again? Something weighty and substantive yet with artistic merit? NAW, we'll just get the filmitization of Who's the Boss?

  • June 8, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    bad idea, unless they do it with real kids

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    instead of actors in their 20's otherwise it is pointless. but unless they do it with actors in their 20's, the movie would be too repulsive for most and thus the budget would be too small to do it right. so, youre damned if you do, damned if you don't. but i thought the people who owned the property hated america and wouldnt even sell the DVD rights to any company here. which is why i've had a bootleg for a few years now instead of a real dvd. i remember part 2, aside from sucking, was totally about how america is the big satan.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    It Shouldnt Be As Good As Original; It Should Be Better

    by flamingrunt

    Am i missing something here but surely the whole point of a remake is to improve on the original film or make it more relevant to modern life. It isnt to simply remake it scene for scene or hope for the same "effect" or "impact" as the original. Nor should they make it a kind of "sadistic reality tv show" because to be honest i bet thats the angle theyll be going for

  • June 8, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Keep the stars unknowns!

    by rockgolf

    One of the reasons the original was so suspenseful is that I honestly had no idea for half the film who, if anyone, would survive. If they put BIG AMERICAN NAMES in the lead roles, you can guarantee they'll be the final survivors of the film. Anyone with more than 4 IMDB credits should be automatically disqualified from casting. Except Bill Murray as the teacher.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    No, sorry... This is a bad idea...

    by moviemaniac-7

    Especially with Moritz on the team. The man has supervised one good movie so far - Cruel Intentions, which I like, 'cause Buffy plays a slut in it - and to even think about touching Battle Royale... I just have one fucking question: What is the justification of all these execs and producers to remake movies? Is it just the money or are they too stupid and incompetent to think up their own stuff. I think a combination of both and 'Stupidity and Money' sums up Hollywood nicely these days. Fucking morons.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Justin Lin...

    by Mr. Fist

    Hey now, Better Luck Tomorrow was a pretty good first film. Too bad everything else he's done since has been a steaming pile of dogshit. You're all probably right though, with the producer who thinks it's hip to mention Prima strategy guides in a movie (it doesn't, btw) navigating this one, it's pretty much DOA. Speaking of which, the Dead Or Alive (the video game) movie looks appaling.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    As Long As Hulk Hogan Is In It I'm There


    Seriously. Who doesn't love a battle royal?

  • June 8, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    And we all know damn good and well...

    by Doctor_Sin

    that some 'Rapper du Jour' will be tapped to 'float tha bumpin' soundtrack' of "songs from and inspired by" BR. The best of intentions die cold, lonely deaths in executive boardrooms.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by vinceklortho

    Neal Moritz? Did you nerds hear this? Neal fucking Moritz...just take a gander at this guys resume. And, he has tons of movies in development. How does this guy do it? And, he gets his hands on this? The first Battle Royale was a shocker. I thought it would be just this splatter foreign film, but does anyone remember when they take over the classroom in the beginning and tell the kids the rules? Man, that was great scene! It will be impossible to recreate that within the Hollywood studio system. Impossible. All the great violent scenes which make the movie so weird are going to be cut out and all the overly dramatic scenes(which the original has a lot too) will be heightened to a disgusting levels, especially since they will be casting unbelievable good looking kids who can't act. Not to mention Neal Moritz ONLY hires directors who have handled music videos or something like that. Come on people. Look at this talkback! Nothing but rage from a fan base that SHOULD be the target audience. Nerds who went out of their way to find the bootlegged version.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    My problem is that they'll make it into a horror/action

    by modlight

    movie. It will be what I thought the original was going to be before I saw it. I figured it was going to be some exploitation flick a'la Kung Fu High (or whatever that was) or something like that. I worry that it will be treated like House of Wax or something like that where, a couple of them kill eachother, but really there is an enemy that isn't them. Bah, it'll suck. There are issues of class/race/stereotypes that will come in as well that will muck it up.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    And good luck finding a lead with the slow burn...

    by modlight

    charisma of the guy who played Shuya, he is a mouse at the beginning and by the end you can't take your eyes off of him.

  • June 8, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    After this is "To Kill A Mockingbird" with Ice Cube.

    by Darth Bauer


  • June 8, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    by BigJohnson27

    To be honest the original Battle Royale FILM sucked ass too. so give them a chance to remake it. Maybe it will live up to the book.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Made by the right people it COULD work

    by performingmonkey

    If all the studio bullshit and risk of 'offending' people is forgotten about (er...Bush can send people to die and no-one cares, yet ALL those asswipes WOULD care if a faithful U.S. version of BR was made! Because, as we all know, fictional violence is MUCH WORSE than real death and destruction. In a way, I see 9-11 as fictional violence because of the way the event itself AND the coverage of it was orchestrated. In a sick way, it was the biggest budget disaster movie ever made. It's getting harder and harder to deny that it was a big setup - the biggest con since, I mean The Da Vinci, that came after...) anyhow, Battle Royale is 100% guaranteed to be a 'controversial' production due to the plotline. And yes I'm guessing it WILL feature 20-something-year-olds playing 18-year-old college kids rather than kids in school uniform (can you imagine the was bad enough with Britney in a uniform). Peace.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    This is a fucking joke, right?

    by MattCG

  • June 8, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    More on Moritz

    by exie

    Just from someone who has had meetings with this assholes company various times I can tell you in no uncertain terms that when I walked in and pitched 2 rated R projects I was quickly told that they don't do rated R anymore. I brought up Cruel Intentions and was told that Cruel Intentions was the only exception to the rule and that they are only interested in slick teen driven PG 13 movies. This is a another dark day here people.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Actually, there's one great opportunity here...

    by user id indeed!

    The one and only thing that could make this remake worthwhile would be if the cast BILL MURRAY in Beat Takeshi's teacher role. The last couple of times I've watched Battle Royale, I've imagined how awesome Murray's deadpan delivery would be in that training classroom. If they pull off that one incredible bit of casting, I'll be extremely excited about this. But they won't. So I'm bummed.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Japanese classic? Japanese turd is more like it.

    by the_pissboy1

    The original was a brutally boring movie that took obvious and silly turns.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Film is DEAD!! Get used to reading!

    by Borgnine JR

  • June 8, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    No WB casting!

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    For the film to work the way the Japanese version does they should just cast unknowns. The baggage known actors would bring to the story would completely lessen the shock of watching these kids slaughter one another. Althought I admit, the thought of Barry Watson getting his head cracked in half with an axe DOES have a certain appeal...

  • June 8, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    and they wonder why there is so much movie piracy...

    by Manaqua

    Make something original and maybe the peple will come to the theater. This remake shit is getting tedious. It really is a sad state of affairs that there are so few origianl thinkers and visionaries controlling the Maerican movie system. Im just so sick of this......M

  • June 8, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Well said Manqua and others.

    by brycemonkey

    Hollywood needs a shot in the arm and remaking Japanese/Asian flicks got boring about 8 years ago. Those ragging on Battle Royale need to go and start a fight elsewhere. Children.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I could be great

    by AdamDiran

    Get Tommy Lee Jones as the teacher. A bunch of complete unknown teenage actors to play the cast. Low budget, Hard R. Could be beautiful. Won't be, but a man can dream can't he?

  • June 8, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    If They Do Get The "Smallville" "OC" Actors In It

    by flamingrunt

    Then we really really need to see an hour and a half of merciless slaying. There shouldnt be any egos, about who survives. Just a massive bloodbath involving all those we love to hate

  • June 8, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    "Final Exam"? Fuck this. Fuck it up it's stupid ass. They'll never even TOUCH the original and it's not even worth trying. So what do we say when someone is doing something meant to entertain but fails so miserably we have to let them know? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHISSSSSSSSSSSS

  • June 8, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    WOW another remake, REALLY???

    by alucardvsdracula


  • June 8, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    it truly is sad to hear about movie execs who don't care about movies. It seems that anybody with passion and ideas has gone to television. You Americans make the best drama serials in the world, Sopranos, 24, Six Feet Under etc etc. I guess we'll have to wait for the next generation of filmakers to come through, sick of what's become the norm, to shake things up a bit like back in the 70's. The really sad thing is, i'll pay to rent the DVD of this remake when it comes out, further enabling these cocknockers to make more steaming piles of shite.

  • June 8, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Django2600

    The only positive thing that can come from this is maybe some smaller theaters will show the original. And maybe we'll get a cool new ultra deluxe U.S version of the original on DVD.

  • June 8, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Brick and Hard Can

    by Lovecraftfan

    Good examples of the part of American Cinema thats not dead.

  • June 8, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    edit Candy

    by Lovecraftfan

  • June 8, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    If QT re-made this, it would be...

    by Borgnine JR

    ...a Royale with Cheese! Hey, atleast I'm entertaining myself.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    This movie needs Paul WS Anderson

    by Pongo

    Because then it will actually have an excuse to suck as bad as it will.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Why can't americans just learn to read subtitles?!?!

    by modlight

    I have friends, who are smart people too, who say they don't want to "read" a movie and they say they'll wait for the remake, then when the remake comes they say "I don't know why you liked that movie so much" Then when a movie like Crouching Tiger or Amiele comes out everyone goes apeshit over it! It's like, yeah, they're all that good ass, you're missing out. I got a Dreamworks EPK a couple of years ago that had The Island, and a few other things on it and one of the movies they were going to release was Casshern. Yeah, that was like 3 years ago, thanks for even giving us a good DVD. Am I rambling? yeah I am. I just love America but get so fed up with how stupid and closeminded Americans can be.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Because modlight, Americans hate ...

    by Borgnine JR read. Why do you think our best-sellers are all diet books?

  • June 8, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Extremely Hard R

    by PropaGanja666

    Since they will fuck this remake up why not make it an extremely hard PG-13?

  • June 8, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Borgnine... then Japan should remake Thinner as

    by modlight

    Very good point though, but the same thing applys to books. No one reads andything, then they have a grand old time with the Davinci Code, which is a fun decent book, but there are much better ones out there, but god forbid they reach out and buy one that Oprah didn't tell them to read.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Re: There is a bright side to all of this...

    by CRanapia

    OBSD: You're sniffing glue if you think any studio is going to grow a pair and release the original 'Battle Royale'. The minute some kid pulls out a plastic fork in a high school lunchroom, it's going to be blamed.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Re: Subtitles in BR

    by CLMoose8

    My problem with the original BR wasn't that I had to read subtitles... It's that the subtitles were horribly translated, akwardly phrased crap. Now, since I'm pretty sure the movie was never given an official US release or an official translation, I can let it slide. The movie still looked terrific, and the action was great, but whenever I tried to show this movie to one of my friends who had never heard of it, their complaint wasn't "Awww, fuck, I have to READ this shit?", it was "Dude... What the fuck are they saying? That sentence made no sense." I think an American remake, if endowed with the balls it deserves, can be an excellent film and bring this unique concept to millions of people who otherwise wouldnt give it a second glance. To all the elitist Japanophile snobs out there who insist on calling Megaman "Rockman" to show are superior they are and who refuse to even acknowledge that an American movie can possible compete with the foreign original, just give this a chance. If Paul WS Anderson sign on, then I will eat crow until my stomach explodes, but until then I remain optimistic.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by mbeemer

    "What didn't you like about Starship Troopers?" The fact that the director was mocking a classic story based on his inability to understand the source material.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    They should remake The Break Up instead

    by CrispyOne

    That's due for re-imagining.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Shameless plug

    by themikejonas .

  • June 8, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by themikejonas

    While any actor with a good reputation can make the role his own, my vote for the teacher would have to go to Harvey Keitel, with De Niro a close second. Can't think of any better.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    As long as it has hot chicks and lots of blood...

    by DarthCorleone


  • June 8, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Oh, wait a second...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...make that hot chicks playing less than their age.

  • June 8, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    By the way, can anyone explain the ending?

    by DarthCorleone

    I had no idea what was going on.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by connor187


  • June 8, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Paging Dr. Boll

    by Big Bad Clone

    why the fuck not?

  • June 8, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Neal Moritz sucks!!!

    by Neo Zeed

    His style of Pg-13 garbage action = pure shit. The most badass movie he made was Fast and Furious part one. And to even call that movie badass is a joke.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    i tried to get this .....

    by julienhihi

    Man so upsetting , cause i have a production company out of Toronto and I tried for 2 years to get this developed speaking to TOEI in Japan and they kept saying no WAY this will never EVER get remade due to the content, especially after the Columbine incident in the US and that this would not work because it involves students and kids shooting each other, and now they give the project to Roy Lee, ohh well win some, lose some...I just hope he keeps the classical music in the project and doesnt cast Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears in the student roles.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Iam new to this shit

    by connor187

    been waiting to talkback for a while so get ready for me!

  • June 8, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Yeah, didn't realise it was so hard to come by...

    by brycemonkey

    Not being from North America it didn't really occur to me. Such bullshit as well though. It's not like it's a couple of kids going to school and shooting everyone. It's the government that make the kids do it (brilliant social commentary). And then it is effectively banned in America because of this. Ironic really.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Chav Royale.

    by irishfella

    It should be set in the Isle of White and the students should be replaced by chavs, then, have Ian Mckellin play the Kitano character.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    it was

    by julienhihi

    I dont know im just pissed because we had a great treatment for this film and we even made the characters older in college to make it easier on people, I was even trying to explain to Toei that making this film in the US wouldnt be the cause of more killing in schools and it WASNT too soon to do it, maybe they came around when they saw how fast movies based on Sept 11 came out.. who knows i just hope they do a good job because i was truly passionate about this film.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    My ass its gonna be a HARD R

    by Ridge

    They PROMISE you a hard R, then they deliver you fucking PG-13. I don't see american cinema as having the BALLS to recreate certain scenes from the movie. The poisoned soup for instance, the random blowing up of kids, the whole movie is above and beyond anything America from early 1990s onwards would dare dream of touching. And why? Because the MPAA has been turned into a bunch of pussies. A bunch of steaming pussies afraid of letting something truly controversial out there for people to watch. If it's imported, sure! But if it's made right there? No way.

  • June 8, 2006, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Dammit - I forgot which remake TB I was in

    by Doctor_Sin

    Is it like Hollywood deaths? They come in threes?

  • June 8, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    modlight, you can add the countries

    by CurryIce

    Italy, France and Germany, too!

  • June 8, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by greenbeans

    Goodbye originality...

  • June 8, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Speaking of reading...

    by Southpaw Samurai

    Y'know, if the main problem is a fear of reading subtitles (I have two friends who hate subtitles because they have problems quickly reading the text and then looking up at the action...could see that, even though personally I can glance back and forth with ease), why not just dub the thing? It's not like Battle Royale has anything that would really be lost much. Then give us a DVD with both audio tracks and subtitles and call it a day. --------------- But SPEAKING OF READING: If you enjoyed the movie, read the book. The translation is a little dry, but it's infinitely better... I thought the characters were a little shallow in the book, but the movie slices them to paperthin. You walk away with so much more from the original literary version. Or, if you liked the movie simply because it was a hardcore slaughterfest, get the manga version. It's almost as good as the book, but then throws in tons of extra sex and violence scenes just because it's manga.

  • June 8, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    What's next, a Seven Samurai remake LOL??!!!!!

    by LeFlambeur


  • June 8, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Just release the original film in 3000 theaters

    by watashiwadare

    it will do more business.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "Here's a project ..."

    by Flickerhead

    "...could either be utterly fantastic or a steaming pile of shit." Excellent insight, Harry. I predict that history will definitely prove you right. (Also, note to Hollywood: Fuck these fucking fucked-ass remakes, motherfuckers. Your fucking industry is fucking dying for a fucking reason, you fuckerheaded fuck-fucks. Is this how you fucking want to go out, you sorry-fucked fuckerizors? I mean, for fuck's sake.)

  • June 8, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Starship Troopers

    by Lovecraftfan

    Im sorry I really tried to like this book but it bored me. It got really repetitive. Would have worked better as a short story.

  • June 8, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST

    this is a travesty

    by white owl

    I'm glad that my dvd collection contains BR as I show it to as many people as possible, just to fuck with their heads. This can NOT be done Americanized, I say. From the backstory of japanese schools going to shit, to the training video, to the uber-violence and everything else. Just.. can't be done. Imagine the outrage the media would put forth onto the film and its makers! It would be like a bizarro-DaVinci Code uproar. I just do not see this being well-done, I'm sorry. My faith in the "tried and true" hollywood system has crumbled. Somewhat off-topic, what are yous-guyses favorite part of BR? Personally I enjoyed the first death..ya know the example of how the bomb-collar works. And inside the lighthouse when paranoia kicks in for the girls about food poisoning and one of em just goes apeshit with a SM gun? I could go on...

  • June 8, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Life is too short to watch twisted junk like BR

    by The Atomic Worm

  • June 8, 2006, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Have a vibe it'll be more hip then shocking...

    by Kampbell-Kid

    Call me skeptical, but I have a feeling they'll sooner cast a bunch of over-acting Nickleodeon actors with unneeded punchlines that misplace the tone of the original. The original film was pure shock value, a fight for survival, and the basis of human trust. Lord of the Flies is really what it is.

  • June 8, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    why not

    by frank cotton

    just take the original and do a good dubbing job on it? be a cheap investment that's almost guaranteed to make back what ittle money it would cost. i hate subtitles too, not only because they're usually poorly done, but they're just plain distracting. example of an excellent dubbing - CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (course it helped that a number of the actors also spoke english). CONNOR 187 - welcome aboard; have at it!

  • June 8, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Kiriyama3769

    Okay let me start by saying. I am a fanatic about the original movie and book. So much so I have 6 different copies of the first film in my collection. I have the asian promo posters, Neck Collar, Manga, book ect. The original was a masterpiece. Kinji did a masterful job. Beat was amazing, not that that is unexpected. Yet it is not available in the US. I always thought Tockyo Shock or Anchor Bay even should pick it up for US distribution....But no we get New Line Cinema preparing to screw up yet another franchise. AVP wasnt bad enough, making a joke out of both the Alien and Predator. ..No they have to fuck up a perfect film. I'd be willing to bet they make the same mistakes as the mini series. A total lack of charector development and 25 year olds shooting each other...Missing the entire point. Damn this pisses me off. Maybe they should pull their heads out of their asses. Get the rights for the original and release that theatrically.

  • June 8, 2006, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Isn't this the same film they wouldnt release??

    by CrispyOne

    ... in the US?

  • June 8, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Mr. Profit come on bro!... REBELDE?

    by Plazola_MEX

    And i was thinking that only us mexicans suffered of that shit!

  • June 8, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    My picks for the movie

    by kibbled

    My picks for director would be: Larry Clark (Bully, Kids) he does this whole brutal cinema verte that I think would work. Darren Aaronofsky (Pi, Requim for a Dream) his manic action scenes are awsome. Quintin Tarrintino (Pulp Fiction,Kill Bill) his dialoge and sudden violence will rock, Finally I would also choose Robert Rodgriguez (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico)he would amp up the violence to an absurd level or make it 3D so his kids could watch it. For the Beat Takeshi character, I would chose a former TV dad like Bill Cosby, Alan Thicke or Tim Allen. The irony would be awsome and they are not doing abything nowadays.

  • June 9, 2006, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Completely agree Verhoeven is a must director for this!

    by Kampbell-Kid

    If not him, Peter Jackson would kick this in the balls nicely as well but it might be too controversial for his image.

  • June 9, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    No, seriously. This is a joke, right?

    by MattCG

    Cuz, if not, then this will probably be the one remake taken from that part of the world I'll endorse whole heartedly. Not enough white kids are dying in American cinema.

  • June 9, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Profit

    Dude, I am Latino and live in NYC and believe it or not Rebelde is ridiculously popular here with younger Latino kids. That shit is on at 3PM on Univision. Everytime I see it I laugh because those kids look ridiculous in those fake school uniforms.

  • June 9, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    My picks...

    by Mr. Profit

    You can't go too high brow since we are dealing with Neal Moritz. How about Zach Snyder, David Ellis, or the wild card JJ Abrams. He could totally pull off the little emotional school kid shit that happens in between the violence. Also good Alex Proyas.

  • June 9, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Anyone seen Series 7: The Contenders

    by Shan

    Surprisingly, this film largely predated most of the reality TV shows out now, where by government edict, people are selected at random by lottery and have to kill each other until one is left.

  • June 9, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    The Point of No Return!

    by darwinmayflower

    If Harvey Keitel can look like a bad actor, in a bad version of La Feme Nikita, just think how bad the Americanized, "WB" casting will ruin the beautiful masterpiece that is "Battle Royale" DON'T DO IT! Release the original in Art houses with new, good subtitles. word of mouth will make it the next crouching tiger.

  • June 9, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST

    NEWS FLASH - The movie sucked!!

    by MadMadHatter

    Seriously guys, and with all honesty, I was at first taken aback with the Battle Royale movie, thinking it was a great idea and awesome. That is until I read the novel it was based on, and better yet, the AMAZING 15 volume manga based on said novel. Every so-called lover of Battle Royale owes it to themselves to march into a comic shop or Borders or something (Barnes and Noble are too pussy to carry it) and pick up the first few volumes. You will then see that the movie, while admirable for the fact that someone had the balls to try something, completly destroys all character and relationship between the students, and worse yet, destroys the character of Kazuo Kiriyama. In the movie he just looks brooding and never freakin talks! They don't go into his backstory, the killing off those guys on the rock seems like they were cornering him when in fact those were members of his gang he led out there to double-cross. Now, I know, book-to-film translations are often stripped of detail, but after reading the manga you too will understand how truly great this story is. Please! Go read the damned manga! Oh yeah, fuck the American version, I'm still waiting for the anime.

  • June 9, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by brycemonkey

    The movie hardly sucked. You even say how you thought it was a "good idea and awesome". You ought to be thankful that it led you to the book and the manga. It's cool that you prefer them to the film but it doesn't make the film any less good. Same goes with Ichi The Killer, Ninja Scroll and Azumi in all their various forms. All good, but lots of different forms from which to choose your favorite.

  • June 9, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Starring Paul Giamatti as Beat Takeshi

    by artsnob

    "Hey, c'mon guys ... I said, 'No whispering'!"

  • June 9, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I can have that Hard-R script done in 3 weeks.

    by ALexicon

    Harry, you just tell your buddies involved with the project that I've got this one covered. Send 'em my way, and I'll give them the serious, Americanized take on the original that they're looking for. And duh, everyone knows that if anyone's going to reprise the Beat Takeshi role, it should be Tom Beringer.

  • June 9, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale remake

    by midgetswhowork

    Anyone else read the book? I did, after, as the other guy mentioned, being disappointed with the subtitles, but absolutely loving the movie. The book is awesome, much more detailed, well explained. I can't imagine an american remake ever going where the movie would need to go. Not sure about Moritz producing it, maybe Fincher could do it. in the meantime, visit:

  • June 12, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by vos0410

    I think Paul Verhoeven is an excellent pick for the remake. Yeah his starship troopers wasn't up to par, but credit to him for Basic Instinct. Battle Royale isn't a scfi like Starship, it's an action/drama thriller. It has a good chance to be a really good remake.

  • June 14, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I got volume 1 at Barnes & Nobles!!!

    by CyberBeavis1326

    Just to counteract the person who said they don't carry it, they had it when I looked. I accidentally bought the Manga version when I was wanting the book. I went back a few weeks later and bought the book. If they are making this more of a PG-13 movie, I will not waste a fucking second on it, or a penny for that matter. If I want to see it bad enough, I'll fucking sneak in. I'll buy a ticket for Hilary Duff movie instead, then walk my ass into "Battle Royale" then complain and gouge my damn eyes. Then secretly aspire to remake the remake the right way. I'd kinda like to remake "Jurassic Park" but stick more to the novel and not be kid friendly like Spielburg. Is that wrong?

  • June 15, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Battle Royale / X-Treme Survival 101

    by Frosty8

    Supposedly, there's a script going around the Industry right now called X-Treme Survival 101 that's getting great word-of-mouth. The major changes are that the kid's are young college types and that they're "randomly" yanked from various colleges around the country. Other than that, it's supposed to be very bloody and funny, with the Teacher described as an Alec Baldwin type. Hopefully Hollywood won't screw this up...

  • June 22, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST

    why new line, lord, why???

    by El Creepo

    I'd just like to say that a remake of such an incredibly hardcore movie such as this should be handled only by Lions Gate. They are the only ones that have the stones to take on such a controversial movie. Directors should be Troy Duffy and Eli Roth. No questions here, this remake will blow.

  • July 9, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Hashide

    He's an unwavering, hardcore directorhe is also known for loving the series. So he may stay close to the novel if not the manga. Hopefully he won't mind the almost assured NC-17, X rating, or better yet, an R in theatres,to get the masses interested enough for a sequel,and unrated in the DVD release, with all the content that would satisfy the hardcore fans. You all know what I mean by satisfy.

  • Sept. 1, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Let's boycott Remakes!!

    by Uzumakidesu

    Battle Royale is now to be desecrated? Wasn't it bad enough, that the loosers in Hollywood wrecked:Pulse, Juon, & Dark Water, and now OLDBOY,THE EYE, and BATTLE ROYALE? Just shoot me now, please.I swear I will never go see a movie from America again.They can't come up with thier own ideas and aren't even trying!To heck with them!

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Hard to believe...

    by Ryb0

    No one ever commented on this.

  • April 7, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I agree.

    by FreeFingers

    It is odd.

  • May 2, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    W T fucking F

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    From the producer of FAST AND THE FURIOUS... granted, if Verhoeven directed, it could be OK, but...?????

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by PoisonIvy93

    me, my friends anna and louise would love to be in as anything...extras, mains whatever we loved the original and we all do our own little movies and have starred on tv and stuff so it would be cool to be in such a great films remake!!!!!

  • Jan. 2, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Oh no

    by JapStrangler

    ...Bastards. You dirty bastards. You DIRTY bastards. Naughty hands off the nice fillum. Dirty bastards.