"Lord of the Flies" is a successful novel in 1954. But the story of stranded boys differs from the real thing. The real story that Rutger Bregman writes down should now be brought to the screen. Film studios are fighting for rights.
The story only recently became known as "The True Lord of the Flies", now the unusual fate of a group of children from the 1960s stranded on a desert island is to be filmed. The rights to the story went to New Regency, the producers of "The Revenant" and "12 Years a Slave", told the story's author, Rutger Bregman, on Twitter. Thanks to his interest in William Golding's classic "Lord of the Flies", the Dutch historian had the true story of the six schoolboys from Tonga, who had stolen a fishing boat, capsized and spent 15 months on a deserted Pacific island survived, unearthed and wrote a book about it. In truth, no violent ending. In contrast to Golding's 1954 fiction, which ends in an orgy of violence, the real young Robinsons worked together peacefully, organized their survival together, and remained friends. Under the title "The Real Lord of the Flies", Bregman reported in early May in the British newspaper "The Guardian" how he found the Australian captain who accidentally discovered and rescued the youngsters. The article was read around eight million times and caused a stir a real race of the film studios for the rights. After consulting with the captain and four of the castaways, they chose New Regency because the company had agreed to pay attention to "cultural authenticity" in the film, working with local teams as often as possible and hiring the survivors, Bregman wrote, "After 50 years, the survivors have finally found themselves and the world will hear their story," he said, adding, "We are all looking forward to the day we meet on the red carpet."