Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
What do William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies, Australia and the CW’s sci-fi series The 100 have in common?
Golding’s classroom-favorite novel and the country down under both got discussed during today’s TCA panel on the CW’s The 100 panel. EP Jason Rothenberg said he always wanted this post-Apocalyptic tale of 100 juvenile prisoners exiled to Earth to be Lord Of The Flies “writ large.”
It’s not about what the harsh world is doing to the kids, he said, but “what the kids are doing to each other.”
Rothenberg also gamely fielded a bizarre question about whether this series, which stars Australians Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley, reflects the history of Australia with its population of convicts. The seemingly bemused Morley said: “If you drop 100 teenagers somewhere and let them go wild, they will.” Rothenberg recalled the British settlement of Australia with the establishment of a penal colony. “It’s a good metaphor for the show.”
And never mind Lord Of The Flies: Will fans of Kass Morgan’s book The 100 like this show? “It (the book) only came out not that long ago,” said Rothenberg. “I hope they would love it. I know Kass is a fan of the show.” He said the series started “while the book was still a proposal” and a second book is coming soon.
Rothenberg added that while writers are “extremely grateful’ for the chance to use story material from the book they plan to make creative changes whenever necessary.
A footnote: If you have to say the title out loud, panelists pointed out it’s “The Hundred,” not “The One Hundred.”