First, two white men decided to make a show about an alternate reality in which slavery was never abolished. Now, two different white men decided to take Lord of the Flies, perhaps the most classic tale of toxic masculinity, and recast it with girls in a brand new movie. These guys are going to disintegrate the entire point of the story, and they're going to try to do it by attempting to write in the voices of young women. It's like they're trying to break the world record for how many ways you can be misguided about one film project. Obviously, once the news broke, Twitter had a lot of feelings about it.
Deadline announced on August 30 that Scott McGehee and David Siegel have a deal with Warner Bros. to write and direct a new Lord of the Flies film, based on the book by William Golding.
The article made it to the second sentence before announcing that this adaptation will be cast with all girls.
Remember Lord of the Flies? You were probably made to read it in 9th grade English glass. The novel is about a group of boys who end up stranded on a deserted island.
They try to create their own civilization, complete with a government and everything, but it doesn’t work. The boys’ society crumbles as they turn to savage violence and murder. So really, it’s a feel-good story about how masculinity is toxic and that’s why patriarchal culture is doomed to destroy itself.
And these filmmakers want to put girls in it.
Somebody needs to take away their conch.
Twitter latched on right away to the inherent discord in an all-female Lord of the Rings reboot.
(And no, it’s not a coincidence that this GIF is from Mean Girls.)
There are so many reasons this adaptation is ill-conceived.
First, McGehee and Siegel are clearly dudes, and they’re about to write a movie in which all the characters are female. Men write female characters all the time.
But do they get it right all the time? Nope. Far from it.
The absolute least these guys could do is hire a female writer to write the script.
Then, there's the other big problem with this new Lord of the Flies.
Oh yeah, that.
Hey Melissa, where’s that volcano? We’re right behind you.
It seems that these men, ostensibly the audience the book was written for, have missed its entire point.
It’s just like men to think they’re so genius for coming up with a new spin on a classic when that new spin very obviously undermines the entire message of the work.