Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

Hollywood bad idea: All female ‘Lord of the Flies’ film, written by men

Warner Bros. is moving ahead with an all-female remake of the literary classic, Lord of the Flies — written by two men.

Hollywood’s bizarre effort as political correctness with a gender-swap misses the point of the William Golding, a novel about the barbarism stemming from systemic toxic masculinity.

To make the situation more bizarre, Scott McGehee and David Siegel have struck a deal with Warner Bros. to write and direct this all female Lord of the Flies remake, according to Deadline.

Siegel told Deadline the two planned to create a “faithful but contemporized adaptation” of Golding’s book, saying: “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 added that by telling the story with girls instead of boys, “it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew,” continuing: “It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression. People still talk about the movie and the book from the standpoint of pure storytelling.”

Slash Film notes that “While Golding set out to make his book about the brutality inherent in men when divorced from civilization and not just a commentary on gender, it’s hard to separate the story from what it does say about toxic masculinity in a modern context — and from the context from which it was written in the 1950s.”

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