These days, when the words “Hollywood remake" are thrown around, we tend to think of sci-fi or superheroes. But one remake that seems to be making waves in the news lately is Lord of the Flies. The recently announced all-female remake has raised some eyebrows, but it will be yet another movie adaptation of William Golding's book, with 2013's foreign film Island being the most recent.
The original 1963 Lord of the Flies movie adaptation was similar to the 1990 version in that it starred actors whose role in that movie would be one of the only, if not the only role in their acting career. Really, only two stars from the 1990 movie have continued to star in movies and television shows up to this year: Balthazar Getty and James Badge Dale, who played Ralph and Simon, respectively.
Here's what Ralph and Simon have been up to lately.
Balthazar Getty - Ralph
#BalthazarGetty had a minor role in a forgotten television series prior to Lord of the Flies, but the movie was his first big break. And a great start to his career it was. He's never had much trouble finding work on the small screen and big since. Charmed (2003-2004), Alias (2005-2006), and Brothers & Sisters (2006-2011) are on his list of television roles, and some big movies he's appeared in have been Natural Born Killers in 1994, Deuces Wild in 2002, and Ladder 49 in 2004.
2017 stands to be a busier year than most for him, probably thanks to his role as Red in the much talked about Twin Peaks revival. Getty has four movies in the pipeline, too: Second Sunrise, A Fall From Grace with Vincent D'Onofrio, Down by the Water with Cedric the Entertainer, and The First. The latter movie is about the life of silent film star Mary Pickford, and it co-stars Cary Elwes and Summer Phoenix.
Getty also keeps pretty busy on Twitter, retweeting quite a few posts from his fans, like this:
James Badge Dale - Simon
Simon was one of the good guys in both the book and the movie, but was murdered by the other boys, who believed him to be a monster. That was #JamesBadgeDale's first acting role, but his second role didn't come until twelve years later in 2002. Being a huge fan of 24 myself, discovering he played Chase Edmunds in Season 3 made my jaw drop a little. Like Getty, he's stuck around in Hollywood, and has had pretty steady work. 2013 was a huge year; he starred alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z, and was taken out by Tony Stark himself when Dale played Eric Savin in Iron Man 3.
He also starred in The Lone Ranger that same year with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
Dale has been busy this year and will be the next, with two movies slated for release each year. Coming this year is The Empty Man and Only the Brave, which is set for an October release. The latter, based on the 19 firemen who died battling a raging Arizona wildfire in 2013, also stars Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, and Taylor Kitsch.
That's A Wrap
Love it or hate it, it looks like an all-female version of Lord of the Flies is coming, so maybe in 30 more years, someone will write a “where are they now” piece on the actresses from it. It'll have to be someone other than myself; I'm thinking I'll be too busy doing whatever really old people will be doing by then.