Many fans of Lord of the Flies have taken to Twitter to express their concerns for the novel’s upcoming reboot.
Warner Brothers Studios, along with directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, are receiving enormous amounts of backlash after announcing their remake of “Lord of the Flies”. The filmmakers intend to do a version of William Golding’s iconic 1954 novel with an all-female cast.
Lord of the Flies is a title most commonly heard in high school English classrooms. The premise of the novel centers around a group of boys stranded on an island with no parental figures. The storyline continues with the boys making attempts at self-governing and survival. Highly-acclaimed and rightfully so, this book has been put on a pedestal by many, making it evident that the audience has a right to be outraged.
Many have declared McGehee and Siegel’s attempt as “missing the point”. While the duo have said they are simply attempting to “challenge” the readers and fans, the vast majority of the audience remains unconvinced that this remake could do anything other than deteriorate the entire premise of the book.
Others are arguing that movies such as “Mean Girls” and “Heathers” have already beat this reboot to the punch. The two films take the main concept from the novel and put a contemporary spin on it. While the idea has already been portrayed on screen, it is a widespread belief that McGehee and Siegel’s ideas are unoriginal and problematic.
It will be interesting to see what the screenwriters are able to accomplish with the major twist on this best-selling novel. Its fair to say that this work could either break barriers in the film industry or build them up even higher. McGehee and Siegel have a large and vital task on their hands, and we can only hope that they will carry it out successfully.