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Roy Lee Talks 'Ring,' 'Grudge' Reboots, 'Oldboy' and 'Battle Royale' Adaptations

Been wondering what’s going on with Spike Lee's Oldboy remake? Producer Roy Lee, who is currently executive producing the thriller 7500 from Grudge director Takashi Shimizu, updated a few other foreign adaptations waiting in the wings, including Spike Lee's Oldboy remake.

"We begin shooting in January. It's a brand-new script, but those familiar with the original version will love the ending."
 
The script will feature new characters "to throw the audience off, but it will end up at the same conclusion."
 
Lee is also currently hearing offers to reboot The Ring and a new version of The Grudge series and believes the U.S. adaptation of Battle Royale will depend on the success of The Hunger Games.
 
"The Hunger Games took something out of the sails of that remake," Lee said. "But we'll see how Hunger Games does first and then go from there."
 
A Battle Royale adaptation has been rumored way before Hunger Games was even in print. The action thriller about a class of ninth graders forced to kill each other as part of the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act was released in 2000 and starred 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara and Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill).
 
Lee said that the similarities in the plot would make it difficult to sell an adaptation.
 
Would you like to see a reboot for The Ring or a new version of The Grudge? And will Battle Royale ever get adapted or will Hollywood be happy with The Hunger Games?
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