William Golding’s gripping 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is poised to get a fresh cinematic adaptation. But there’s a twist. Instead of featuring a cast of boys, it’s slated to star a group of females. This forthcoming all-girl “Lord of the Flies” remake however has stirred controversy already.
All-girl ‘Lord of the Flies’ remake announced
1954 classic novel Lord of the Flies centers around a group of boys who become shipwrecked on an island. Sans adult supervision, the males end up forming a self-destructive governing body.
David Siegel and Scott McGehee are set to write and direct this new take. There’s been a major resistance to the film however. Many thoughts point out the ridiculousness of having an all-female Lord of the Flies remake that’s directed by two men.
An all-female #LordOfTheFlies spearheaded by 2 men kiiiinda sounds like a bad idea on the level of getting a salad at a BBQ place.
— Stephanie Johnson (@scribblesweet) September 1, 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
William Golding even supposed that “If you land with a group of little boys, they are more like scaled-down society than a group of little girls would be…Don’t ask me why,and this is a terrible thing to say, because I’m going to be chased from hell to breakfast by all the women who talk about equality. This has nothing to do with equality at all. I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.”
This isn’t the first time an adaptation with an all-female cast has occurred recently. In 2016, “Ghostbusters” debuted and starred a pack of four leading females. Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly the classic the 1984 “Ghostbusters” was, though not by any fault of the cast. Thus far, Golding’s novel has been adapted twice, once in 1962 and later in 1990. The ’62 version is more faithful to the source material than its successor.
What are your thoughts on an all-female “Lord of the Flies” film?