Scott McGehee and David Siegel to write and direct a female-centric version of Lord of the Flies
Bee Season and What Maisie Knew directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel are set to write and direct a female-centric film version of the iconic 1954 William Golding novel Lord of the Flies for Warner Bros., according to Deadline. The duo will reportedly stay true to the novel, except that the children who are stranded on the island will be girls.
If you’re not familiar with “Lord of the Flies,” here is Amazon’s description of the novel: “At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.”
Golding’s novel was made into a film in 1963 by director Peter Brook. Another film was made in 1990 by director Harry Hook. McGehee told the site that the story, “is aggressively suspenseful, and taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, is 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. People still talk about the movie and the book from the standpoint of pure storytelling.”
Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” was voted as one of the 100 Best English language novels by TIME magazine from 1923-2005. Are you guys interested in a female-centric film version of “Lord of the Flies?” Let us know @ComingSoonnet.