Twitter is roasting the hell out of this all-female reboot of Lord of the Flies
There’s another all-female reboot of a classic movie coming our way, and this time, it’s women who can’t handle it.
Lord of the Flies, the classic 1964 novel that has already had movie iterations released in 1963 and 1990, is getting a female-centric makeover, and the whole internet is raising an eyebrow at the news.
In case you were never an eighth grader in the American public school system, Lord of the Flies is about a group of British schoolboys who get stranded on a deserted island and then struggle to govern themselves. They resort to worshipping a conch shell and things get really intense and they start killing each other. Also, the whole novel is one long allegory for toxic masculinity, so there’s that. Obviously, telling the story with female characters feels a little like missing the point.
Oh, and wouldn’t you know — two men are at the helm of this project.
Since the reboot was announced, though, the internet has been hard at work pointing out just how hugely the filmmakers missed the whole point of the story — namely, that it centered around the effects of toxic masculinity.
uhm lord of the flies is about the replication of systemic masculine toxicity
every 9th grader knows this
u can read about it on sparknotes https://t.co/EQFyuSA3MV
— froy (@froynextdoor) August 31, 2017
"all-female Lord of the Flies remake" SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE MISSED THE FUUUUUCKIN POINT OF LORD OF THE FLIES
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) August 30, 2017
imagine having such little interest in seeking out original stories about girlhood by women that you remake LORD OF THE FLIES with girls
— JamesHurleyVEVO (@soalexgoes) August 30, 2017
We're literally living an all-male "Lord of the Flies" right now, but sure, let's see two male writers describe how women would be worse.
— Charles Clymér🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 31, 2017
Others pointed out that women stranded together on a desert island might just get along, thus subverting the whole plot of the book.
An all women remake of Lord of the Flies makes no sense because… the plot of that book wouldn't happen with all women.
— roxane gay (@rgay) August 31, 2017
The female-led Lord of the Flies wouldn't ever happen because women would just branch off into their own respective groups peacefully
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) August 30, 2017
Others had some predictions for how the lady version might go down.
The all-female Lord of the Flies movie will just be 2 hours of the girls enjoying not having their jokes mansplained to them.
— On Vacation Don't@me (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 31, 2017
The all-female Lord of the Flies will just be a group of young women apologizing to each other over and over till everyone is dead.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) August 31, 2017
I imagine the all-female 'Lord of the Flies' adaptation will just be 90 minutes of girls asking each other if they have a hair tie.
— april lavalle (@imatoofbrush) August 31, 2017
But only one figured out what’s actually happening here:
A female lord of the flies where everything goes fine and they create a society on a secret island wait this is the start of wonder woman
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) August 31, 2017
Scott McGehee and David Siegel, who will write and direct the new version, told Deadline that they want to stay true to the original story because they’re both huge fans.
“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,” Siegel said. “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.”
We’re all for better representation of women in Hollywood. But is this really the way to accomplish that? We’re going with no.