Lord of the Flies, the classic William Golding novel about a group of boys marooned on an island and forced to form their own society, is being made into a film . But this time, instead of an all-boys cast, the students stranded on the island will all be female.
There have been two Lord of the Flies film versions already produced: the original 1963 film by Peter Brook, and the 1990 Harry Hook version. The ’90’s version, starring a young Balthazar Getty, is the version that “I remember enjoying so very much as a young man.”
“We want to do a very faithful but contemporized adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys,” Siegel said to Deadline. “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 behaviour they saw in grownups before they were marooned.”
“Myself, I don’t know how this story could possibly be portrayed by Girls? Boy’s and Girl’s just don’t interpret or react to a given scenario in the same way. That’s what makes us so uniquely special.”
McGehee went on to say: “it’ll provide an interesting take on boys and girls and aggression, or at least society’s concepts of gender,” and the pair is exited to start this gender bending rendition.
“[The story] 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,” he said. “It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression. 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 a while as the rights were worked out, and we’re super eager to put pen to paper.”