Lord of the Flies is to be adapted for television for the very first time by the BBC! This new four-part adaptation will be written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure, This is England ’90) and executive produced by Eleven’s Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell (Sex Education). Jack and Joel have spoken of their excitement about the project, with Jack commenting:
‘Joel and I were talking in his kitchen and he said “go on, name it, the one you’d like to do but don’t think you ever will get the chance to” and I said Lord of the Flies, a book that left a scar on me like no other. Joel shot up and said he’d been pestering the Golding family’s representatives for years. Soon after, he found a way to Judy Carver, and then brought me in and I am so delighted they’ve trusted us with this incredible book.’
William Golding’s family are delighted that Lord of the Flies will be adapted for television by Eleven for the BBC. They are particularly pleased that Jack Thorne will be the writer. First published by Faber in 1954, a first novel by an unknown author, Lord of the Flies has meant so much to so many. Judy Golding Carver, Golding’s daughter, writes:
‘My father wrote the novel in a passionate, visionary response to the aftermath of war. He understood that its relevance would not die away. I believe he would welcome the freshness and vigour with which Jack and Joel Wilson of Eleven Film undertake the project, and he would certainly be touched by their intense commitment. Our family have been greatly encouraged by our discussions with them – and as a result we put our trust in their skills and enthusiasm. My father was proud of the novel and had faith in its power and honesty. His family believe that this adaptation will do full justice to these qualities.’
We absolutely cannot wait for this!