Lord Of The Flies | New take aims to be both ‘current’ and ‘scary’

Lord Of The Flies
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A Luca Guadagnino take on William Golding’s classic novel Lord Of The Flies is being lined up.

Luca Guadagnino’s next film – Challengers – was pushed back into 2024 because of the ongoing actors’ strike, and the rest of this calendar year was left a little poorer because of it. Still, here’s a little news on the Guadagnino front to tide you over until Challengers finally arrives next April.

There’s a chance that the Call Me By Your Name director’s next film to go in front of the cameras could be a take on William Golding’s classic novel, Lord Of The Flies, although at the moment it seems to be competing with the Rooney Mara-led Audrey Hepburn biopic that we’ve reported on previously.

The project’s producer, Lindsey Anderson Beer, has been chatting to Collider about Guadagnino’s take on Lord Of The Flies, stating that “it leans so much into psychological horror and it’s so rich in character drama, as you would expect from somebody like him. But it’s scary… It gives you so much unease reading it, and I think it taps into a more current version of it than we’ve seen before.”

Beer would know a thing or two about horror: she’s helmed the soon-to-release Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. And we have to confess, a Luca Guadagnino take on Lord Of The Flies – which would sit nicely as a companion piece to Bones And All and his Suspiria remake? Consider us in.

No cast has yet been announced, nor is there a production window in place that we’re aware of. The strikes have of course thrown schedules into a state of uncertainty while Guadagnino also has an adaptation of the William Burroughs’ novel Queer in some state of completion. As such, this take on Golding’s story of ‘a group of boys who suffer an accident while travelling by plane, and are stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean’ could take some time to materialise.

Although, given that IMDb has the film listed as a female-led take on the story, we’ve not had that confirmed yet.  Plus, the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets is currently doing the exact same thing and doing it very well indeed. We’ll bring you more updates on this one as the strikes clear and production schedules begin to look clearer.

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