Lord of The Flies is a classic piece of literature written by William Golding about a group of boys and their disastrous attempts at self-government after they find themselves stranded on a desert island with no adult supervision. As their society starts to crumble, they turn to savagery violence and murder and the book used this as a dystopic vision of society itself. Written in 1954, it was adapted for the screen in 1963 and later 1990 but now it is about to get another remake but this time with an all female cast and this has already stirred up controversy.
Whilst all-female reboots and remakes are in the ascendancy at the moment as Hollywood tries to battle a masculine culture of its own, people have instantly seized on the very reason that the book was written as an all male narrative. “The plot of that book wouldn’t happen with all women,” said writer and commentator Roxane Gay.
The author himself, William Golding said in the past that the book only features boys, and not only girls, because was that he was once a little boy, not a little girl, and that “a group of little boys are more like scaled down society than a group of little girls will be.
“This has nothing to do with equality at all,” he continued. “I think women are foolish to pretend they’re equal to men – they’re far superior, and always have been. But one thing you can not do with them is take a bunch of them and boil them down into a set of little girls who would then become a kind of image of civilization or society. That’s another reason why they aren’t little girls.”
In essence, the novel itself is about the replication of systemic masculine toxicity and reflects how our patriarchal society is an inherently violent and misguided one so why would an all female remake be on the cards? Well, the two men who thought this would be a good idea are Scott McGehee and David Seigel and after signing a contract with Warner Bros. to make the film, Seigel said,
“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."
McGehee added that they were “taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, [which] shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew.”
People pointed out that the problem with this might not be that the cast would be all female but rather, the writers were male as we will now have to see two male writers describe how women would be worse in a survival situation.
What are your thoughts on this film concept, is it a good idea or is it a cynical cash grab by two men trying to tap into a feminist trend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.