Grant you, this latest from Hollywood is probably not the most baffling gender-swapping movie concept we’ve had in recent years - but it is a weird one when considering how centred William Golding’s original novel was on the dark side of boyhood.
The new Lord of the Flies movie is being backed by Warner Brothers and will be written and directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. The two last directed the 2012 drama What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard.
The story follows a group of boarding school students that end up stranded on an island and become increasingly savage following fears that they are being haunted by a terrifying monster.
This isn’t the first time the critically acclaimed novel has been adapted for film. Indeed, this will be the fourth movie adaptation of Golding’s work overall, having been made into a film in 1963 directed by Peter Hook, a Filipino movie called Alkitrang dugo in 1975, and most recently, a 1990 film directed by Harry Hook. The Filipino adaptation featured both girls and boys on the island.