'Call Me By Your Name's Luca Guadagnino in talks to direct 'Lord of the Flies' movie

Ben Arnold
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Luca Guadagnino (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Luca Guadagnino, the breakthrough helmsman of Call Me By Your Name and italo-horror remake Suspiria is lining up to take on an adaptation of a modern classic.

He's in talks with Warner Bros to bring William Golding's classic 1954 novel Lord of the Flies to the big screen.

In Golding's book, a group of schoolboys become stranded on a remote island after their plane crashes amid their wartime evacuation.

But in attempts to govern themselves, they eventually split into two warring factions, descending into violence.

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It's thought that Guadagnino's take would be faithful to the book, but that the era could be updated to something more contemporary, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Lord of the Flies (Credit: British Lion)

The book was famously made into a movie in 1963, by the veteran theatre director Peter Brook, with the late stage actor James Aubrey in the lead role as Ralph.

It also featured the first movie role for Nicholas Hammond, who would next play Friedrich von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and later Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man TV series.

A less well-received version featuring Balthazar Getty and James Badge Dale emerged in 1990.

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The book also provided the inspiration for recent Netflix show The Society, in which a group of teenagers return from a school trip to find their hometown is abandoned and soon have to form a new society.

Luca Guadagnino attends the UK Premiere of 'Suspiria' & Headline Gala during the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Italian director Guadagnino, meanwhile, came to international prominence with his movies I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, before bagging Oscar nominations for Call Me By Your Name, starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet in 2017.

His brutal remake of Dario Argento's sueprnatural horror Suspiria, with Dakota Johnson and his regular collaborator Tilda Swinton, arrived to middling reviews last year.