Thea Glassman
August 31, 2017 10:35 am
The Berkley Publishing Group

Remember when the internet found out that there was going to be an all-female remake of Ghostbusters, and sexist men across the world had a full-blown meltdown? Well, Deadline broke the news that there’s about to be an all-female remake of Lord of the Flies, and the internet is freaking out again — only this time, it just might be justified.

First, let’s back up and take a look at the movie itself. Scott McGehee and David Siegel have signed on to write and direct the latest film adaptation of William Golding’s novel. That novel is about a group of boys stranded on an island who attempt to build a civil society but eventually fall into violence and savagery.

Siegel explained to Deadline that they decided to remake Lord of the Flies because it’s a timely tale, especially in today’s political climate.

The two wanted to switch the characters from boys to girls because, according to McGehee, they believed 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.”

Twitter lit up over the news of the upcoming adaptation, with both men and women explaining why the movie might not be the best idea.

First off, many pointed out that the idea of women becoming aggressive, savage creatures was straight-up unlikely.


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People also noted that it’s not cool to have two men writing the book into a female-centric film.


Not to mention, many pointed to the concept of the book.

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Note to all studio heads: There are so, so many stories that were actually written to capture the teenage female experience. Perhaps adapt one of those?