Patrick Ness, author of the YA bestsellers Chaos Walking and A Monster Calls, has been confirmed to adapt Nobel Prize winning-William Golding’s 1954 classic novel Lord Of The Flies for Warner Bros. In addition, Lucas Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name, has been tapped to helm and produce the adaptation with his producing partner Marco Morabito.
Lord Of The Flies tells the story of a group of British boys stranded on a deserted jungle island. The young survivors are split into two groups, led by Ralph and Jack. While Ralph’s team attempts to maintain a sense of order, Jack’s group thrives on primitive and wild savagery. This novel is known for being highly metaphorical as it exposes the primal urges hidden inside all humans. When the boys give way to their basic instincts, all hell breaks loose as violence, chaos, and tragedy take over.
There has been another take on the classic novel in 1990 directed by Harry Hook and released by Columbia Pictures. This remake received mixed reviews, with most critics feeling that the film adaptation deviated too much from the original novel. What this new remake will entail is not yet known. Warner Bros. Studio had considered developing a female version of Lord of the Flies but has changed course to focusing more on the original novel.
Ness has won the Carnegie Medal twice for Monsters of Men, his third book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, and A Monster Calls. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2016 film version of A Monster Calls, which starred Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson. He also worked on Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Chaos Walking, which stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.