Earlier this week, news broke of an adaptation to the 1954 novel Lord of the Flies. The book was to be made into a movie, featuring girls trying to survive rather than privileged white men. The film, to be written by two privileged white men, is set to feature just 77% of the plot line. Sources say the movie will end abruptly, in the middle of the story, exactly 77% of the way through. One of the directors, who will be paid 100% of his salary, had this to say on the controversy:
“This movie just isn’t going to be as hardworking or successful as the all-male Lord of the Flies, so yeah, we’re only doing 77% of it. It’s not a ‘gender’ thing, it’s a ‘skill’ thing. And, if we were to cast any WOC in the movie, which we probably won’t, they would be in even less of it. We tried to book Quvenzhané Wallis, but after we told her she could only be in 59% of the movie, she rejected our offer.”
The directors have yet to comment on whether the movie will pass the Bechdel test.