An All-Female Reboot of “Lord of the Flies” – Ooooo I don’t know about this one!

Lord of The Ladybug’s, …Maybe?

How’s This Going To Work?

Lord of the flies 2Lord 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.”

Two male directors are driving this project, Scott McGehee and David Siegel, most known for their work on, What Maisie Knew and The Deep End.

 

“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.”

 

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