Remember that really interesting book by William Golding that you should’ve read in high school, but just ended up using SparkNotes for? Yep, Lord of the Flies, that’s the one. Well if you haven’t already, go back and read the novel! Not only because it’s a timeless treasure, but because Warner Bros. will be releasing another live-action adaptation of the book. Only this time, the movie will be female-centric.
The book follows a group of young boarding school students that end up stranded on an island and devolve into pre-pubescent savages over the course of the novel. Scott McGehee and David Siegel have signed on to write and direct the movie. The duo spoke to Deadline about the film and had this to say regarding the treatment:
“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 went on to say,
“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.”
“[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 won’t lie, initially I wasn’t here for this movie but McGehee’s statement stuck with me. It could work! What do you guys think?
No word yet on a release date but stay tuned here!