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The CW’s Battle Royale Isn’t Happening, Won’t Have to Fight to the Death Against Their Other Hunger Games-Esque Shows

I’m pretty sure there’s a sign at CW headquarters that says “When in doubt, Hunger Games.” The teen network has, by my count, three shows similar to The Hunger Games in the works: One is a reality show (yes, really), one is set in a dystopia where young women compete to be Queen, and one is a Robin Hood reboot that sounds remarkably similar to Katniss’ Mockingjay plotline. But apparently three is the magic number, because CW president Mark Peodwitz has said that their potential Battle Royale series—based on a Japanese film and manga about teens forced to kill each other by a dystopian government—isn’t happening.