‘Battle Royale’ Remake Won’t Happen Because of ‘The Hunger Games’

Producer Roy Lee also reveals that the ‘Oldboy’ remake will feature brand new story elements.

Producer Roy Lee says Battle Royale remake unlikley
Producer Roy Lee says Battle Royale remake unlikley
I recently visited the set of CBS Films' upcoming thriller 7500, which is working towards an August 28, 2012 release date. While on the set in Los Angeles, we were able to speak with producer Roy Lee, who gave us updates on a slew of his upcoming productions, including the Oldboy remake. Here's what he had to say about Oldboy, which is gearing up to start shooting in March.

"We are planning to shoot Oldboy in March and that should start preproduction in late January. This is a completely new version written by Mark Protosevich."

Chan-wook Park's original Oldboy is based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi. Roy Lee said that screenwriter Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements that don't stem from the original movie or manga. He also revealed the ending will be much different, and there is a new take on the famous hallway scene from the original.

"It's very similar, but we've added new elements. Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements to it that will throw off the audience who have seen the original movie because there are new characters and new situations that present themselves in a way that changes the story but eventually go in the same direction. The ending will be something that the audiences, especially the fans of the original, will be very happy with. In fact, some may consider it to be a bit darker. There's a sort of different interpretation of that hallway scene that is going to hopefully be (director) Spike (Lee)'s signature moment in the movie that we want to show in a way that we've never seen done in an action movie."

Roy Lee has also been attached to produce a remake of Battle Royale for some time now, although it seems that project isn't moving forward, mainly due to a highly-anticipated upcoming movie.

"The Hunger Games definitely took a lot of wind out of the sails because it definitely has a very similar storyline and so I'm not even sure if before The Hunger Games, any studio would have been able to take the creative risks you need to make the movie right."

The producer is also trying to launch new versions of The Grudge and The Ring horror franchises, but both projects are still in very early stages of development.

"We are looking to do a new version of The Grudge but we haven't decided on exactly what it will be. We've just put it out to the film community that we are hearing takes from writers on what they could bring to the table on what their thoughts are on a new version of The Grudge. (For The Ring), it's the same thing with The Grudge where we're hearing takes and actually having a script written just to see if it works in terms of trying to restart a Ring franchise."

Roy Lee also revealed he is in talks to produce the Poltergeist remake, which is one of several projects MGM is looking to reboot.

"I'd say the one I'm most excited about updating is the Poltergeist reboot. That is probably something hopefully next year that somebody will be able to accomplish."

Oldboy was released November 27th, 2013 and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Simone, Hannah Ware, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Max Casella. The film is directed by Spike Lee.

Battle Royale was released March 23rd, 2001 and stars Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, TarĂ´ Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Sosuke Takaoka, Takashi Tsukamoto, Yukihiro Kotani. The film is directed by Kinji Fukasaku.

The Grudge was released October 22nd, 2004 and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, William Mapother, Clea DuVall, KaDee Strickland, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Pullman, Rosa Blasi. The film is directed by Takashi Shimizu.

The Ring was released October 18th, 2002 and stars Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman, Brian Cox, Jane Alexander, Lindsay Frost, Amber Tamblyn, Rachael Bella. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski.

Poltergeist comes to theaters May 22nd, 2015 and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, Kyle Catlett. The film is directed by Gil Kenan.

Sources: Brian Gallagher

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Comments (16)

  1. GundamFNM

    Battle Royale kicks its #$%. They should not of cancelled the film based on HG, the Roy Lee quotes are disheartening from F&M.
    Source: friendandmachine.com.au/battle-royale-remake

    3 years agoby @GundamFNMFlag

  2. Lucas Rohr

    What Joe Oliveira said (I am one of those Hunger Game fans who also love BR)

    3 years agoby @Lucas-RohrFlag

  3. Joe Oliveira

    REMAKE IT! REMAKE IT! Any hardcore Hunger Games Series fan would also say the same thing. If they heard of this book. If they have not, SCREW YOU AND READ AND WATCH IT! The dubing for this movie was horrible like all other Japanese movies. Remaking it to Japanese-known actors who knows English would be better imo.

    3 years agoby @Joe-OliveiraFlag

  4. Michael Gause

    F*ck remaking it. Guys, just go on Wikipedia, Battle Royale is being released in America sometime this month by Anchor Bay in 3D, Remastered, ENGLISH. F*ck the heck out of a remake, the original is the best and you will probably see a trailer for it in a few days haha.

    3 years agoby @Michael-GauseFlag

  5. K.Guy

    Take THAT, REMAKE!!!

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  6. slysnide

    F*ck, these are all about remakes! At least they're not remaking "Battle Royale," but f*ck who authorized any inklings to reboot the terrible 'Grudge' & 'Ring' franchises? Christ there's no talent in this genre anymore. At least the "Oldboy" remake will be different.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  7. Bryan Yentz

    Haha, this exactly what I was talking about before when I first learned of The Hunger Games... As for Oldboy, still depressed as f*ck that it's actually going through... Brolin is a hell of an actor though.

    3 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  8. Mr_Jellyfish

    @mr-jellyfish I don't think the same about Oldboy though.

    3 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  9. Mr_Jellyfish

    Y'know of all these planned remakes the Battle Royale one offends me the least. The original is great, it's different from the book but they're both good. But it's one of those fables that can be told differently to a different audience. Like how Little Red Riding Hood is, what, a German folktale or something? Battle Royale kind of feels like that, it has a message to kids, which could inoffensively be adapted for a Western audience. Remakes are sometimes good!

    3 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  10. thedude-abides

    Good news. The bad news is it'll be remade eventually...

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. Jamz@glam13

    this film does not need a remake in my opinion so for me i am glad i loved this film. is just me but there is no need to do remakes of remakes of the the ring and the grudge.

    3 years agoby @glam13ukFlag

  12. Jay.A.Ottley

    Sorry no one can do that iconic hallway sequence better than what it is as a one shot... Its like saying you can surpass the epic one shot action sequence in Hard Boiled...

    And Spike Lee and action well its no where near his auteurism in films

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  13. MovieManiac

    Good news. Battle Royale is my favorite foreign movie and it does not need to be remade. It is fine the way it is and if it had an American remake, it probably would have been ruined.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Oh just take the risk

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Jonnred

    Awesome that movie is perfect the way it is and does not need to be remade.

    3 years agoby @jonnredFlag

  16. ZanyZap

    A hallway will be Spike Lee's signature moment? Will it be a motif for racism in America? :P

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

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