All-Female Lord of the Flies Remake in the Works


It’s no secret that these days the best way to justify a remake seems to be giving it a new coat of paint by swapping the gender or race of the main characters. Sometimes this can result in a genuinely fresh perspective but other times it seems like a very surface level ploy to appear more progressive. In the case of this latest Warner Brothers project, they have chosen to overhaul a classic where gender is arguably a crucial element of the story. Is The Lord of the Flies still The Lord of the Flies when it’s not necessarily about masculinity and the male ego run amok? I guess we’re about to find out. Writer-director duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel had this to say about the project:

“It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today, with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying, and the idea of children forming a society and replicating the behavior they saw in grownups before they were marooned… [The subject matter] is 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. It is a great adventure story, real entertainment, but it has a lot of meaning embedded in it as well. We’ve gotten to think about this awhile as the rights were worked out, and we’re super eager to put pen to paper.”

McGehee and Siegel are best known for directing What Maisie Knew, the 2012 film about a young girl dealing with her parents’ bitter divorce. They seem to have a good handle on telling dramatic stories from the perspective of a kid, so that should serve them well although the internet already seems to be taking issue with the fact that an all-female Lord of the Flies is being written by two men. The Lord of the Flies was most recently adapted for the screen by Harry Hook in 1990 but Peter Brook’s 1963 version is still seen as the definitive one. What do you think… is the time right for a new take on The Lord of the Flies?

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