Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lady of the Flies? New all female version of Lord of the Flies film in the works


I have to admit, the idea that two men are writing an all-female screen adaptation of Lord of the Flies has me feeling a trifle icky. Since Warner Bros is going to the trouble of making an female-centric iteration, wouldn’t you think they’d look to a woman to write the screenplay? Who knows better than we do just how vicious girls can be? Ask Tina Fey, she knows, that’s why she wrote Mean Girls. Ask Margaret Atwood. And ask yourself the big question, will we still call the movie Lord of the Flies or will it be Lady of the Flies? Inquiring minds want to know. But seriously, are you annoyed, angry or philosophical about the fact that Hollywood still very much belongs to the old boy's network? Or is this much ado about nothing?

Scott McGehee and David Siegel—who wrote What Maisie Knew starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgaard together, and which I happened to love—will write and direct the reimagined story of a group of pre-pubescent boarding school girls who turn into savages. I don't think a woman necessarily has to write a woman's story but if we're all agreed we're looking for more representation of women in film, wouldn't this be a good place to start?

Remember the book by William Golding?

Here’s how the 1950’s era novel is summed up these days:

Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.
Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

Who on earth will they cast as the girl versions of Piggy and Jack, Ralph, Roger, Simon and Peter? 



I’m thinking Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) might play a part. 


Onata Aprile who played Maisie in What Maisie Knew



Mackenzie Hancsicsak from This is Us. 



Amybeth McNulty from Anne of Green Gables

Who else? Or will the new screenplay break from tradition and go with older girls? 

Shall we take a look at the trailer for the 1963 version of The Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook, and nominated back in the day for the Palme d’or?





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