‘Someone missed the point’: Lord of the Flies ‘all girls’ remake spawns social media backlash

The Guardian

A film adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies is in the works but with a major twist that’s drawing ire across social media: all of the boys stranded on the island without their parents will be girls.

According to Deadline, the male US film-making team of Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) signed a deal with Warner Brothers for a remake of the iconic postwar novel – the third English-language adaptation of the book, which was most famously brought to the screen in the 1963 classic by Peter Brook.  

“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 said.

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.”

Lord of the Flies follows a group of boys’ disastrous attempts at self-government after they find themselves stranded on a desert island. As their civilisation begins to dismantle, they resort to violence, savagery and murder, turning the book into a blistering, dystopic satire on the follies of mankind, the innate savagery of masculine culture, and government itself.

The gender-flipped film began trending on Twitter soon after the announcement, with many questioning whether the same thing would have happened if a bunch of young women were left to their own devices.

“The plot of that book wouldn’t happen with all women,” said writer and commentator Roxane Gay.


Others noted that all-girl takes on the book had already been made in films like Heathers and Mean Girls.

Golding himself has said he focused his book on only boys, and not only girls, for two reasons. The first was that he was once a little boy, not a little girl, and the second was that a “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 civilisation, or society. That’s another reason why they aren’t little girls.”


McGehee told Deadline that their all-girl version “breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression … It is a great adventure story, real entertainment, but it has a lot of meaning embedded in it as well.

“We’ve gotten to think about this awhile as the rights were worked out, and we’re super eager to put pen to paper.”


7 thoughts on “‘Someone missed the point’: Lord of the Flies ‘all girls’ remake spawns social media backlash

  1. “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 said.”

    Change the gender of ALL the main characters… and it’s anything BUT a faithful adaptation, MORON!

  2. I wonder how many girls will change gender during the movie. Perhaps some will become trees, or pelicans, or, perhaps, genderless!

  3. Will there be a lot of cat scratchin goin on?

    Will these be “girls” built like men?

    I’ll never know because I won’t waste my time seeing it.

  4. Another attempt to marginalize men and boys. Marginalize, marginalize, marginalize, and dismiss. They’ve no idea what’s in the trench. Ha!

    So maybe Piggy speaks to Ralph from the grave and suggests they come back to help. All grown up with a DFWM attitude. Hollywood, first on their list of cities to cleanse/overhaul. The conch is sounded!


  5. Oh boy, or should I say, oh girl! So they want a feminist/lesbian version of Lord of the Flies. Maybe they can have a cat fight or pull each others hair out like a bunch of witches. That’ll show their testosterone levels, right?


    More Hollywood political propaganda bullshit because they have nothing else to make anymore and no one wants to see another F**KING REMAKE! I would know. I manage a theater and customers aren’t happy with the lack of originality in movies these days and the ticket sales show.

    Whatever happened to risk and innovation? Oh yea, that’s right. You sold it all to China and Mexico, ya cheap bastards.

    1. Yeah, and other ‘all-girl’ remakes in the works:

      The Untouchables

      How The West Was Won

      The God-Father Series


      Blazing Saddles



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