CW makes decision on that Hunger Games-esque Battle Royale series

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

The CW has been trying to get in on the teen survival genre ever since The Hunger Games exploded, and one option being floated was a U.S. remake of the bloody Japanese film Battle Royale. Now the network has officially made a decision.

Not surprisingly, The CW has decided to pass on the project, which focused on students forced to kill one another in a brutal contest. With a rash of recent school shootings still weighing heavy in the public consciousness, it seems the network is eyeing a less controversial route.

The CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, told Entertainment Weekly:

"We were not able to do anything. We are not planning to do anything with Battle Royale ... nothing occurred ... there's nothing to talk about ... nothing happened."
But that's not to say The CW isn't still interested in cashing in on the Hunger Games craze. They've had a series dubbed The Selection in development since last season, and spent the past several months refining the script. Pedowitz sounded optimistic about The Selection's chances, but they're still a few months away from making final decisions.

What do you think? Is the Hunger Games concept well suited for the small screen?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)