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Female-Centric Lord Of The Flies Remake In The Works At Warner Bros.

It's not just a boys' club anymore. 

A new version of Lord of the Flies is in the works at Warner Bros., one that promises to be faithful to the iconic William Golding novel of the same name, save for one massive twist: it will feature a female-centric cast. Deadline reports that Scott McGehee and David Siegel have penned a deal with the studio to write and direct the refresh, in which the young students left stranded on a desert island who spiral into a savage social order are all girls. 

"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 told the outlet. "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."

McGehee indicated that the subject matter of the source material is "aggressively suspenseful," and that he and Siegel wished to transform the core narrative into something even more intense and visceral. "Taking the opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn't been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew. 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," explained McGehee. "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."

This certainly isn't the first time Lord of the Flies has been adapted for the silver screen, as Peter Brook and Harry Hook previously turned the novel into films in 1963 and 1990, respectively. Given that McGehee and Siegel have experience directing features that deal with traumatic events and stories seen through the eyes of young people, as they last directed the 2012 drama What Maisie Knew, it looks like they have what it takes to develop an immersive and interesting take on the classic story. The pair told Deadline that they're fans of Brook's original film, but believe that an imaginative version is timely. 

Sorting out rights issues with author Golding's estate reportedly just happened, and Warner Bros. and its ICM Partners representatives have closed the deals. McGehee and Spiegel are set to begin writing immediately.

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