A new film in development will explore the world of LORD OF THE FLIES with female leads.
Warner Brothers is looking to put a new spin on a YA classic.
The studio is developing a genderbent take of William Golding‘s 1954 novel Lord Of The Flies with Bee Season and What Maisie Knew directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel that will feature a cast of young girls rather than the boys in the original tale.
The film will follow the group of girls after they’re marooned on an island following a plane crash. After a short time enjoying their new freedoms, a social hierarchy forms and things that a dangerous turn for the worse as paranoia sets in and an insidious battle for dominance begins.
The idea has gotten criticism as some readers see Lord Of The Flies as an examination of the young male ego, with some half-joking that the major plot points of the story wouldn’t have even happened if the characters were girls. It’s even stranger that the perspective of a group of young girls– and how they’d act differently than young boys– will be written by two men.
McGehee describes the story to Deadline as “aggressively suspenseful,” and says that “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.”
So we’re looking to show that girls can be just as aggressive as boys by retelling the story this way, it seems? Siegel perhaps describes things a bit better when he says its about “interpersonal conflicts and bullying” as well as children modeling behaviors they’d learned from the adults in their lives.
The script for the project is still in development and a release date has not been announced.