There's a new film version of Lord of the Flies in the works, but with one major twist: the young group of students stranded on a remote island will all be female.
Scott McGehee and David Siegel have reportedly struck a deal with Warner Bros. to write and direct the film, which is based on William Golding's classic 1954 novel. In an interview with Deadline, which broke the news, McGehee explained that Lord of the Flies "is a aggressively suspenseful, and taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew. It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression. People still talk about the movie and the book from the standpoint of pure storytelling."
News of the planned all-female remake sparked immediate backlash on social media, for obvious reasons. First, do we really need two dudes making a girl version of Lord of the Flies? Also, aren't the themes of the novel more about machismo and toxic masculinity versus "all people" or society as a whole? An all-girl version doesn't quite work with Golding's original story.
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