Warner Bros.’ plans to remake “Lord of the Flies” — but with young girls stranded on a remote island instead of boys — has gotten a lot of people scratching their heads.
Fans of William Golding’s 1954 novel and the subsequent 1963 film by Peter Brook were quick to point out on social media that re-casting with all females just doesn’t make sense considering the dystopian storyline.
“All-female ‘Lord of the Flies remake’ SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE MISSED THE F——– POINT OF LORD OF THE FLIES,” one user tweeted.
Another said that it “is a great way to show you didn’t f—– understand Lord of the Flies.”
“Uhm lord of the flies is about the replication of systemic masculine toxicity,” another user wrote. “Every 9th grader knows this.”
“The female-led Lord of the Flies wouldn’t ever happen because women would just branch off into their own respective groups peacefully,” said one user, while another added, “Lord of the Flies starring only girls: ‘Girls get marooned on an island. Band together to find food, shelter, rescue. Nobody dies. The end.'”
And some were quick to crack jokes, comparing an all-female “Lord of the Flies” to movies and TV shows that already exist.
“All female Lord of the Flies? I thought they made that already and it was called Mean Girls,” one person said.
Another added: “We already have an all-female ‘Lord of the Flies.’ It’s called ‘The View.’ And it sucks.”
Lastly, many people also commented about the fact that it will be an all-female reboot, but it will be written by men.
However, some people came to the defense of the new remake, with one saying the film could have “a lot of potential” and that the book wasn’t about “toxic masculinity” but rather about the downfall of a society.
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. announced the studio would go into development with “Lord of the Flies,” with Scott McGehee and David Siegel being the masterminds behind the reinvention. The 1954 novel focused on a group of British school boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt of governing themselves. Two films were made — one in 1963, and one in 1990.
Warner Bros. had no comment.
See reactions to the announcement below.