During the recent Television Critics Association's Exec Sessions, Deadline Hollywood recently sat down with CW’s president Mark Pedowitz about the subject of the TV network's interest in shows featuring young people battling each other. Specifically, Pedowitz commented on the status of an adaptation of Kiera Cass’ Hunger Games-esque book The Selection and he had a rather political answer to questions about adapting notorious Japanese work Battle Royale.
On the Selection, the CW exec told Deadline, “I’m a big believer (in the concept). The producers did a very good job, but it wasn’t where we wanted to be tone-wise, we wanted it to have a Hunger Games/Game Of Thrones-type tone.”
The pilot is currently back for a script rewrite.
On a show based on Battle Royale, in which a group of students are forced to kill each other down to one last survivor, Pedowitz was cagey, while allowing for the possibility. In the context of the current environment of mass killings and gun violence, the CW president said, “we’re not planning anything that we cannot get on the air; we won’t go in that direction.”