LOS ANGELES: The outstanding story of six boys stranded on a distant island that has been dubbed the “Actual Lord of the Flies” is to turn into a Hollywood film, it was introduced Friday.
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman pieced collectively the true story of how a gaggle of Tongan youngsters ended up shipwrecked collectively within the Pacific for 15 months, after stealing a fisherman’s boat within the 1960s.
A newspaper article Bregman penned to advertise his e-book “Humankind” went viral two weeks in the past, sparking a fierce bidding conflict amongst Tinseltown studios.
“The Actual Lord of the Flies will turn into a film!! The final two weeks have been a loopy rollercoaster,” tweeted Bregman Friday.
“A lot of Hollywood studios all of a sudden wished to purchase the rights to the story of Sione, Luke, Mano, Tevita, Fatai and Kolo,” he added.
In contrast to in William Golding’s basic novel “Lord of the Flies,” the real-life boys peacefully co-operated throughout their time on the uninhabited rocky islet of ‘Ata.
“The children labored collectively in groups of two, obtained a fireplace began and by no means let it exit, and stayed mates this complete time,” Bregman wrote in an earlier tweet.
They survived on fish, coconuts, birds and eggs, drew up strict rosters for his or her duties, and even created a makeshift health club and badminton court docket.
Rutger’s article printed by The Guardian describes how the creator tracked down an Australian ship captain who miraculously noticed and rescued the boys.
It has reportedly obtained eight million views.
After curiosity from “a variety of studios” who “bombarded” him with inquiries, Rutger spoke with the captain and 4 surviving castaways on a Zoom name.
They determined to promote the rights to “The Revenant” and “12 Years a Slave” producer New Regency, and share the proceeds, Rutger wrote.
Hollywood commerce publication Deadline mentioned “a low seven-figure deal” was being negotiated amid competing bids from the likes of Netflix and MGM.
New Regency didn’t instantly reply to an AFP request for remark.
Hypothesis had been mounting in Hollywood over a potential film model.
Maori filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) earlier tweeted that any movie ought to “prioritize Polynesian (Tongan if potential!) filmmakers.”
Rutger mentioned New Regency had promised to “do every part to try for cultural authenticity and work as a lot as potential with native crew/filmmakers,” and would rent the castaways and different Tongan consultants.
“Lastly, after 50 years, the survivors have reconnected and the world will hear their story,” mentioned Rutger.
He added: “And all of us sit up for the day we meet on the pink carpet!”
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