Warner Brothers has hired two men to write and direct a “Lord of the Flies” movie that replaces the novel’s British schoolboys with an all-girl cast of characters.
Deadline Hollywood reports the plot revision:
“Scott McGehee & David Siegel have made a deal at Warner Bros to write and direct a new version of Lord Of The Flies, based on the iconic William Golding novel. They plan to be faithful to the novel with one major twist: the young students stranded on a remote island who descend into a savage social order will be girls.”
McGehee tells Deadline the new movie will break gender stereotypes regarding aggression:
“McGehee said the subject matter ‘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.’”
The novel depicts the descent into barbarism of a group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island.