Luca Guadagnino In Talks To Direct Lord Of The Flies
Suspira (2019) and Call Me By Your Name director, Luca Guadagnino, recently entered negotiations with Warner Brothers to direct yet another adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies.
Golding’s story famously follows a group of school boys stranded on a deserted island. Without adults to oversee them, the hierarchy of the social is reduced to savagery and barbarism.
This won’t be Warner Bros. first run-in with Golding’s material. No, they were also behind the 1990 Harry Hook adaptation as well. However, they’ve been trying to get this latest adaptation up and running since they reacquired the rights to the novel back in 2017.
Hopefully, with Guadagnino’s name on board — along with his producing partner Marco Morabito and Known Universe, the production company founded by Lindsey Beer, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet — the major studio will lock in a deal. Sources say that if all systems are go, Guadagnino and Known Universe plan to give Goldin’s material a contemporary, ultra-kinetic feel.
It’s not like cinema needs another version of Lord of the Flies; however, given the current state of the world, a return to Lord of the Flies would certainly be fitting. Assuming things move forward as planned, Guadagnino’s version will mark the fourth time that Lord of the Flies has been adapted to the screen; once in 1963 by Peter Brook (Lord of the Flies), again in 1975 by Filipino director Lupita A. Concio (Alkitrang Dugo), and more recently by Harry Hook in 1990 (Lord of the Flies).
There’s certainly no denying that Guadagnino and company could churn the story into something great. He really blew us away with Call Me By Your Name and impressed us with Suspiria, so we’ll remain optimistic.
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