Given the current political climate, it begs the question as to why anyone would be interested in seeing a new take on Lord of the Flies. I mean, really how is the retelling of a small society collapsing in on itself even slightly relatable nowadays? Well, whatever it is, Oscar-nominated Luca Guadagnino has some interest as he’s now in talks to deliver his take on the classic story, so sayeth IndieWire.
Written by William Golding in 1954, Lord of the Flies sees a band of schoolboys stranded on a desert island after their plane crashes during an evacuation in WWII. With no sign of help, the group attempts to adapt to life on the island, only to fracture and turn on one another, leading to serious casualties.
Warner Bros. have been keen to get a new version of the story back on the big screen for the past three years. IndieWire reports that should Guadagnino take the job, he’ll be working from a script penned by Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whose latest writing credits consist of two Marvel movies – Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as the so-so adaptation of Tomb Raider.
So far, Guadagnino’s track record for adapting popular stories through his own eye has turned out pretty well, suggesting that this could wind up the same. The only issue lies in his schedule; he’s already got his eye on adapting Find Me, the sequel to Call Me By Your Name, as well as an adaptation of Blood on the Tracks, the Bob Dylan album from 1975. We can only wait and see if he can make space for Piggy, Ralph and the others before the Lord of the Flies get stranded on that development island once again.