In a Deadline exclusive, it was revealed today we will be getting a female-led version of the iconic novel Lord of the Flies. Warner Bros brokered a deal with Scott McGehee and David Siegel. They plan on following the novel, but will be switching the cast to an all female cast. So, instead of a group of boys stranded on an island, it will be a group of girls.
When asked why they were focusing on adapting this particular novel, Scott McGehee responded:
“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 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.”
I am hoping that they will decide to find female screenwriters for this adaptation to capture the nuances. I’m a bit concerned that, despite their best intentions, this may turn into another stereotyped version of female aggression that we will see onscreen. What would be the best is if it was a literal gender swap, but keeping the same motivations and same level of violence. No catfighting or any of that stuff. That would cheapen the adaptation.
It’s too soon to say which route they will go, but they should stick to just a simple gender swap. That’s it. Don’t get too clever.
The synopsis of the novel is below:
At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
There is word yet on anticipated production schedule. Right now, there is just a focus on building a script.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited? Concerned? Let us know.