It has been announced that a film adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies is currently in the pipeline, but the film will follow a group of girls trapped on an island, rather than a group of boys.
As Deadline reports, the film is being made by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, who have signed a deal with Warner Bros. Speaking about the film, Siegel said: “We want to do a very faithful but contemporised adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys,.” McGehee added that they were: “taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, [which] shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew.”
It remains to be seen who will be cast in the film, but the premise alone has caused quite a stir on social media. Some have praised the idea whilst others feel that focusing on a group of girls rather than boys misses the point of the book, which highlights the savagery that can be found in masculinity and government in general.
Golding himself was once asked why he chose to write about a group of stranded boys rather than girls, and he replied: “This has nothing to do with equality at all,” he continued. “I think women are foolish to pretend they’re equal to men – they’re far superior, and always have been. But one thing you can not do with them is take a bunch of them and boil them down into a set of little girls who would then become a kind of image of civilisation, or society. That’s another reason why they aren’t little girls.”
McGehee added that the all-girl version of the film “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 awhile as the rights were worked out, and we’re super eager to put pen to paper.”
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