An all-female Lord of the Flies remake is happening and people are not convinced

Critics on social media say a gender-flip “misses the point” of the story

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Two men have teamed up to create an all-female Lord of the Flies remake – and people are not convinced.

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The gender-flipped adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 novel will have a major twist: instead of young boys being stranded on an island without their parents, it will be young girls.

Lord of the Flies is a classic post-war novel – most famously brought to cinema in 1963 by Peter Brook – which centres around a group of British schoolboys who find themselves stuck on a tropical island. Their attempt to recreate civilisation and govern themselves fails miserably, and they plunge from civility and reason into savage survivalism.

Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) are making the reboot for Warner Brothers.

“We want to do a very faithful but contemporised adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys,” Siegel told Deadline.

MeGehee 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.”

Many people on Twitter have ridiculed the idea, saying a female remake “misses the point” of Lord of the Flies, given that it’s an inherently masculine tale about how the male gender would behave in such a situation; the plot of the book wouldn’t play out in the same way if it were girls who were stranded.

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In the video below, Golding himself explains why a female Lord of the Flies wouldn’t work, saying that “a group of little boys are more like scaled down society than a group of little girls”.