The BBC has announced that it will be adapting William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies into a four-episode series for the first time. The show will be written by Jack Thorne, the award-winning screenwriter behind the BBC’s His Dark Materials, and produced by Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell, the team behind Sex Education. Although little is currently known about the project, including casting or a release date, the show will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Thorne expressed his hope that the show would be one that families could watch together, and would be full of the same love and cruelty that made the novel so powerful.
Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of young boys who become stranded on an island and must figure out how to survive on their own. First published in 1954, the book quickly became recognized as a deep exploration of morality, civilization, and individuality. The story has been adapted numerous times, including two film adaptations in 1963 and 1990, as well as an abandoned all-female adaptation in 2017. The book has also been slated for another film adaptation by Luca Guadagnino, though there have been no updates on that project since 2020.
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