One of the first movies I remember discussing with friends at school that didn’t have Indiana Jones or Star Wars in the title, was the 1990 version of Lord of the Flies. Being roughly the as old as the actors in the film made it more relatable to kids my age. We talked about which group we would join, or how we would rule if we were the leader. It was also one of the only R rated films I was allowed to watch at the time, and the same went for most of my friends.
According to Deadline, David Siegel and Scott McGehee have landed a deal with Warner Bros to write and direct a new adaptation of the William Golding novel. Speaking with Deadline, David Siegel explains that they want to stay as true to the original story as much as possible but put their own unique spin on one aspect of the film.
“We want to do a very faithful but contemporized adaptation of the book, but our idea was to do it with all girls rather than boys, 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.”
It will be interesting to see how a group of girls may deal with being stranded on an island in different ways than the boys did. And if their attempts at a civilized society prove to be any more successful than the boys methods. The other half of the writing and directing team, Scott McGehee, spoke about the topics and issues dealt with in the film.
“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. 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.”
Siegel an McGehee are no strangers to each other, having worked together on films since 1989, beginning with the documentary short, Birds Past, and most recently on the film, What Maisie Knew. It has been 27 years since the last cinematic adaptation of the novel, and I for one am open to seeing a new and perhaps modernized version of the film.
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