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Hunger Games Kills Any Chance of a U.S. Version of Battle Royale

Although Lionsgate’s much-publicized adaptation of The Hunger Games doesn’t open for another four months, the sci-fi drama has already defeated one opponent: a planned U.S. remake of Battle Royale.

Author Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular Hunger Games trilogy has been repeatedly (and sometimes fiercely) criticized as a ripoff of Koushun Takami’s 1999 novel Battle Royale, as both center on groups of teenagers forced to fight to the death until only one survives. Takami’s book has been widely translated, and adapted in Japan as a manga and a live-action film — each spawned a sequel — and was on its way to becoming an American movie, overseen by Roy Lee, producer of the upcoming Oldboy remake.

That is, until Lionsgate’s Hunger Games reared its head.

Hunger Games took a lot of wind out of the sails of [a U.S. version of Battle Royale] because of its similar storyline,” Lee told ShockTillYouDrop during its visit to the set of 7500, “and so I’m not exactly sure any studio — even before Hunger Games — would have taken the creative risks you would have needed to take to make the movie right now so would be even harder.”

Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. It opens March 23.


  • Scud

    Hunger games IS a US version of Battle Royale.

  • Farson89


    Seriously, the fewer crappy remakes that miss the point of the original he better. Battle Royale at least is safe.

  • Joshua Yamada

    The Hunger Games is not a Battle Royale remake!

  • Hi

    The Hunger Games did not kill Battle Royale. The original film was released in 2000 and the books were out before that. Lee had 11 years and he couldn’t pull it off.

    Also, to all the idiots who think Battle Royale is some original concept, The Hunger Games is based off a Greek myth with the same concept of children killing each other off in an arena for entertainment. It’s NOT an original concept that Battle Royale created!