Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name, is currently in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies.
Warner Bros. has been trying to get its adaptation of Lord of the Flies jumpstarted since 2017 when it reacquired the rights to the novel. The studio had previously held some rights to the book which it used to make an adaptation of the novel in 1990.
The original novel follows a group of schoolboys who are stranded on a deserted island and eventually descend into a chaotic and dangerous social order. After the studio reacquired the novel’s rights in 2017, there was talk of changing the focus of the story to a group of schoolgirls rather than boys. According to Variety, this plan has been scrapped and the plot will choose to stick to the original story.
Guadagnino and his producing partner Marco Morabito are also in talks to serve as producers. Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet are in negotiations to executive produce.
Currently, Guadagnino’s project slate is unclear. The director is in pre-production on his HBO miniseries We Are Who We Are and is not expected to begin work on any other films until he finishes that project. Prior to this miniseries, Guadagnino directed an adaptation of the classic horror film Suspiria for Amazon Studios.