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Thursday, June 08, 2006

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New Line Cinema has purchased the remake rights to the Japanese cult-classic Battle Royale. The original film, produced by Toie and released in 2000 amid concerns about its violence, is set in an apocalyptic future in which schools are overrun by uncontrolled violence; the government responds by organizing an annual Battle Royale, in which a school class is picked at random and students are pitted against each other on an abandoned island in a game of survival. New Line has already set the project up with producers. [Variety]

Twentieth Century Fox has signed a deal with 24 creators Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow to begin working on a feature film version of the show which stars Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland is expected to executive producer and star in the film. [Variety]

Director Sean Penn has cast William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden in Into the Wind. Based on Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book, the story centers on Christopher McCandless, who graduated from college in 1992, abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness and return to nature. He died four months later in an abandoned bus at a remote campsite. Vince Vaughn and Catherine Keener are already signed. Emile Hirsch (Girl Next Door) plays the lead. [THR]

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