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All-female Lord of the Flies Movie Sparks Backlash
Aug 31, 2017 by: WENN
Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel's plans to make an all-female version of Lord of the Flies have sparked backlash on social media.
William Golding's classic 1954 novel originally centered around a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert island whose attempts to form their own society descend into chaos and violence.
Both a 1963 and a 1990 screen adaptation remained largely faithful to the novel and featured all male casts, but McGehee and Siegel have signed a deal with bosses at Warner Bros. studios to write and direct an all-female adaptation.
"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 told Deadline.com.
However, their plans provoked intense criticism on social media, with fans of the book pointing out that author Golding specifically chose boys as protagonists in his morality tale because he regarded women as "far superior" to men.
Scott Mendelson, a film critic for Forbes magazine wrote on Twitter, "Dudes writing a female version of LORD OF THE FLIES is like a gift to the problematic think piece gods..."
Feminist writer Roxane Gay added, "An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because... the plot of that book wouldn't happen with all women."
In the original novel, two boys, Ralph and Jack, established themselves as leaders within the group, with Ralph presented as a voice of reason and Jack a destabilizing violent force who bullies Piggy, a thoughtful bespectacled pupil.
However, McGehee explains that his and Siegel's adaptation will break conventions by showing that the aggressive behavior depicted in the book is not just associated with men.
"It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression," he explains. "People still talk about the movie and the book from the standpoint of pure storytelling."
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