It's like this idea was specifically designed to make Twitter even more savage than usual.

According to Deadline, Scott McGehee and David Siegel now have a deal with Warner Bros to write and direct a new adaptation of William Golding's novel "Lord Of The Flies," but this time the stranded students will be 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 Deadline. "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 added that the story is "aggressively suspenseful, and 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. 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."

It's true that anyone who only pairs boys with aggression, bullying, or the mob mentality missed "Heathers," "Mean Girls," or just middle and high school in general. But many fans have argued that boys being boys is integral to the point of "Lord of the Flies." Also, two guys writing this all-girl adaptation doesn't really help sell the idea as a modern, relevant take.

Twitter was ready with knives:

Are you planning to wait and see on this idea or already giving it a hard pass? Hopefully this strong response isn't seen as a rejection of female-led stories, because that's not what the complaints are about. But Hollywood likes to interpret things in its own way.

[h/t: The Guardian]

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