A Female ‘Lord of the Flies’ Movie Is Coming (Written by Men) & Twitter Isn’t Pleased

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It’s like this idea was specifically designed to make Twitter even more savage than usual.

According to Deadline, Scott McGehee and David Siegel now have a deal with Warner Bros to write and direct a new adaptation of William Golding’s novel “Lord Of The Flies,” but this time the stranded students will be girls.

“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 told 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 behavior they saw in grownups before they were marooned.”

McGehee added that 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. 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.”

It’s true that anyone who only pairs boys with aggression, bullying, or the mob mentality missed “Heathers,” “Mean Girls,” or just middle and high school in general. But many fans have argued that boys being boys is integral to the point of “Lord of the Flies.” Also, two guys writing this all-girl adaptation doesn’t really help sell the idea as a modern, relevant take.

Twitter was ready with knives:

Dudes writing a female version of LORD OF THE FLIES is like a gift to the problematic think piece gods…

— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) August 30, 2017

uhm lord of the flies is about the replication of systemic masculine toxicity
every 9th grader knows this
u can read about it on sparknotes https://t.co/EQFyuSA3MV

— froy (@froynextdoor) August 31, 2017

like imagine missing the point of a classic book when u could’ve sought original stories about girlhood written by women

— froy (@froynextdoor) August 31, 2017


— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) August 30, 2017

An all-female Lord of the Flies is in the works? Soooo…they’re basically re-making Heathers? pic.twitter.com/BdmIoLN0nB

— Blake@FanExpoCanada (@ComicBookGrrl) August 31, 2017

We’re literally living an all-male “Lord of the Flies” right now, but sure, let’s see two male writers describe how women would be worse.

— Charles Clymer🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) August 31, 2017

An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because… the plot of that book wouldn’t happen with all women.

— roxane gay (@rgay) August 31, 2017

some director: all girls lord of the flies!!

william golding himself: pic.twitter.com/vnuzK28g20

— jack @ 7 days✨ (@nightheatre) August 31, 2017

Um, having taught Lord of the Flies a few times, and reading Golding’s reasoning behind it… an all-female remake misses the point.

— joe. (@unequalized) August 30, 2017

we already have an all-female lord of the flies remake

it’s called tumblr

— WUBBA LUBBA DUB DOG (@ChelleDoggo) August 30, 2017

The Lord of the Flies movie feels like a studio had a big jar of “Make with Chicks?” ideas & just picked the one that made the least sense.

— Sam (@unegrandefemme) August 31, 2017

Guys I know we’re all upset about LORD OF THE FLIES but it should make my all-human adaptation of ANIMAL FARM easier to sell.

— Jessica Ellis (@baddestmamajama) August 31, 2017

Are you planning to wait and see on this idea or already giving it a hard pass? Hopefully this strong response isn’t seen as a rejection of female-led stories, because that’s not what the complaints are about. But Hollywood likes to interpret things in its own way.

[h/t: The Guardian]

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