Why didn't it happen? The remake began to take shape in 2006 with New Line Cinema tentatively aiming for a 2008 release, but the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech put a damper on the prospect of marketing a movie about teenage students killing each other.
Will it ever happen? Time heals all wounds, and perhaps the upcoming 2011 re-release of the original Battle Royale, converted to 3-D, will serve to test the waters for a remake. However, a planned big-budget adaptation of the popular young adult novel The Hunger Games, featuring a similar plot, will no doubt make it hard to green light a comparable project with a smaller built-in fan base.