William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a long-celebrated tale of how societies crumble in the absence of enforceable rules, and standards of law. It is political allegory, social experiment, adventure tale, and psychological thriller all wrapped up in one.

The 1954 tale of a group of school boys marooned on a desert island has been made into a movie twice: once in 1963, once in 1990 — always sticking to the same basic story structure of Golding's novel.

Until now. Scott McGehee and David Siegel — directors of What Maisie Knew (2012), Bee Season (2005), and The Deep End (2001) all films that profoundly communicate trauma through the eyes of children — have just signed a deal with Warner Bros. to head a retelling of the novel with a major change: the story will be female-driven to study the implications of Golding's novel from a new perspective. McGehee and Siegel will otherwise stay true to Golding's story and Brooks' 1963 cinematic telling of it.

This announcement comes on the heals of last weeks announcement that St. Vincent will be directing the first female-led feature-length adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only published novel: Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

The 405 will keep you updated as we hear more on these projects.

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