Sunday, September 03, 2017

"Lord Of The Flies" With Girls

According to reports, author William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies", will be adapted to the big screen for the third time, with the main characters, previously played by young boys, now to be played by young girls:

"Lord of the Flies", published in 1954, was adapted into a 1963 feature, directed by Peter Brook, followed by "Lord of the Flies" (1990).

"It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today," said co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel about their upcoming take on "Lord of the Flies", "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...

"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.

In the original story, set in the midst of a wartime evacuation, a British plane crashes near an island in the Pacific Ocean. The only survivors are boys in their middle childhood or preadolescence. 

On the island, 'Ralph' and 'Piggy', find a conch, used as a horn to convene all survivors to one area. Piggy realizes England has been destroyed by nuclear war, recognizing the futility of the whole situation, but Ralph remains optimistic, believing the Brit navy is searching for them.

Because Ralph brought all the survivors together, he commands authority over the others and is elected 'chief'.

But he does not receive the votes of the members of a boys' choir, led by 'Jack Merridew', although he allows them to form a separate clique of 'hunters'.

Ralph establishes three primary policies: to have fun, to survive, and to maintain a smoke signal to alert passing ships.

But the semblance of order quickly deteriorates...

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