Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct an updated version of Lord Of The Flies. A new adaptation of William Golding‘s classic 1954 novel has been talked about for some time, with a female-centric Lady Of The Flies at one point in the works. However, Guadagnino’s version will be more faithful to the source material.
That is pretty disappointing, considering a new, gender-swapped take on the classic tale would have allowed for some new ideas and surprises. As good as the classic novel is, we’re all very familiar with the story at this point. However, Guadagnino is the man who remade Suspiria into something totally different from the original film. Maybe he has something similar in mind here.
The original novel revolves around a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and the societal fallout that ensues. Warner Bros. reacquired the rights to the book in 2017, and tapped Scott McGehee and David Siegel to write the gender-swapped screenplay. Why the studio has now dismissed that idea and decided upon a traditional story remake instead is unknown.
There were a bunch of rumours as to who the new screenwriters are, but they’ve either been walked back or unconfirmed. So we’ll have to wait and see. This is clearly in the very earliest stages of production.
Guadagnino is currently working on a TV mini-series titled We Are Who We Are. It’s a coming-of-age story about two American teenagers growing up on a military base in Italy. He’s co-writing the script alongside Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri. The show is for HBO, and is expected to shoot until October. Maybe after that we’ll get more Lord Of The Flies news.